Breast And Cervical Cancer Risk In India: What Are Things Women Need To Know

This study aims to examine the geospatial variation of cervical and breast screening across districts and to identify factors that contribute to the utilization of screening among women in India.

Breast Cancer and cervical cancer are one of the most common forms of cancer worldwide and are on a fast and steady rise, accounting for more deaths in women than any other cancer in the developing world.

Cancer screening tests are an important tool to combat cancer-related morbidity and mortality. World Health Organization aims to accelerate action to achieve Goal 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3.4) in order to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable disease, including cancer by one-third by 2030.

This study aims to examine the geospatial variation of cervical and breast screening across districts and to identify factors that contribute to the utilization of screening among women in India.

“Do you know in our country out of 100 cancer cases, 52 cancer patients are women? And out of these 52 patients, 14 women have breast cancer and about 12 patients have cervical cancer. So, it is very important to ensure that women at our home are safe from this. Breast cancer and cervical are one of the most common in India. In urban areas like Delhi and Mumbai, breast cancer stands at the first number and cervical cancer on the second number,” said Dr. Shubham Garg, senior consult, Dept. of Surgical Oncology, Fortis Hospitals Noida Delhi.

Dr. Garg further said, “The major cause of reason for breast cancer is not yet known to us, breast cancer can occur in women with late pregnancy, starting of periods at an early age like below 18 years of age and not breastfeeding. So early detection is the only way out to fight breast cancer.”

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