The number of women, detected with suffering from cancer at the Rajindra hospital, Patiala has been 37% higher than men in 2016. Out of the total 4,312 patients screened at the radiography department of the hospital till October this year, 2,953 were women. This means 68% of the patients are women.
Most of women patients are being diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 was 240 and from cervical cancer, it was 92. In 2015, as many as 3,622 female and 1,734 male patients were screened.
According to experts, breast and cervical cancer are not inevitably fatal and can be prevented and treated, but if they are detected at an early stage. There are several lowcost, feasible interventions that do not require specialised care in the hospital or massive capital investment in the market for the detection of cancer.
Harjot Kaur Bagga, head of the radiography department at Rajindra hospital, said, “The biggest problem in our population is lack of awareness and avoiding to report. By the time cancer patients visit a specialist, 80% are already in stage 3 or 4, wherein survival rates are not very optimistic.”
She said, “The number of late detected patients could be reversed with the help of awareness campaigns and educating common people about the symptoms of cancer. If the patient could be detected at an early stage, the disease can be cured with methods like chemotherapy.”
Citing the high-risk factors of the deadly disease, the health department organised an awareness seminar at the Meritorious School here. On the National Cancer Awareness Day, the students, especially girl students, were made aware of the symptoms of cancer.
Civil surgeon Dr Subodh Gupta said that women should remain aware as breast and cervical cancer are the most common types in them. He said that they should take the routine checkup of their body and, if any symptoms found, they should immediately contact the specialist doctor.