#DocTalk: Delaying Treatment Is Worse Than Cancer Itself, Says Doctor

Various medical studies have proven that an early diagnosis of cancer can save up to 90% of lives.

Cancer is a disease, if not treated on time can become metastatic and the course of treatment for patients can get lengthier than expected.

Various medical studies have proven that an early diagnosis of cancer can save up to 90% of lives. Among all the cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, it covers almost 30% of the entire cancer burden amongst them. Due to lack of awareness and inadequate participation in the compulsory diagnosis, 1 in every 20 women is diagnosed with this cancer. India is a country where women between the ages of 35-50 years contribute to at least 50% of the total burden of active breast cancer, but still, let our fear and hesitancy of undergoing chemotherapy come in our ways to consult for cancer treatment.

Cancer is a disease, if not treated on time can become metastatic and the course of treatment for patients can get lengthier than expected. The coronavirus pandemic has further covered cancer care over the past two years. The lack of awareness, absence of pain in early stages and above all the COVID-19 scare is making many patients defer their visit to the hospitals.

In an era of technological advancement and unification of medical sciences with technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotic sensory system, there is a far and wide difference in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. With such effective technologies at hand, the outcomes and results of various traditionally done tests have improved for the better.

“2 out of 3 patients don’t visit hospitals because of the fear of being detected with cancer when they have early symptoms of cancer or they may feel it may be dangerous and largely because of the fear of chemotherapy and other debilitating surgeries or treatments. Well, this is true that before COVID-19 too there was scare among people for Cancer test, but after COVID-19 this has increased,” said Dr. Ramesh Sarin Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Delhi.

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