A recent report by the Indus Health Plus states that almost 10.11% of females between the age group of 35-45 years in Indore are suffering with breast cancer. Obesity, late marriages and delayed child-bearing among women have increased the risk of breast cancer among them, the study states.
Conducted with the assistance of CHL hospital, the study examined the lifestyle trends and the occurrence of diseases in patients from the city. It was also found that 10% of females and 12% of males were detected with risk factors that could lead to head and neck cancer.
Amol Naikawadi, joint managing director, Indus Health Plus said, "Stomach and lung cancer are on the rise in India. Oral cancer is rising amongst men and breast cancer is affecting younger women in the age group of 30s. The abnormality report indicates that most of the cases are a result of negligence towards one's health and lack of knowledge about the disease."
Stating that 70 to 80% of cancer patients are diagnosed during a later stage, when treatment becomes extremely expensive, Naikawadi said, "In India, 70% of the patients cannot be saved in the first year due to late detection of cancer. Around 80% patients consult doctors at a stage when recovery is rare. Therefore it is necessary to generate awareness on cancer and its prevention to fight the malady. Preventive check-ups and early detection helps in effective treatment and also increases life expectancy."
It was also found that amongst the population only 25% reported cases of cancer in their family history and the rest were because of lifestyle changes and smoking.