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Fortis Hospital-Mohali organises health talk around cancer

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Fortis Hospital, Mohali on Wednesday organised a health talk around cancer, touching upon various aspects about this dreaded disease as well as the available treatment options.

Over a hundred senior citizens participated in this initiative to understand cancer symptoms, causes and preventive measures.

Dr Atul Joshi, Additional Director, Breast, Endocrine and Oncology Surgery, Fortis Hospital, Mohali delivered the talk.

“It is important that certain factors are kept in mind for early detection of breast cancer. The disease stage, size of the tumour, menopausal status, family history, cardiac conditions, renal conditions, hypertension and liver functioning etc. are important factors that needs to be considered. It is also important that complete treatment and follow up is ensured for a better quality of life post treatment,” Dr Joshi said.

Fortis Hospital Mohali offers a comprehensive cancer care programme. The hospital adopts both trans-disciplinary and multi-modal approach in treating cancer patients.

Advising a healthy lifestyle, Dr Joshi said, “It is essential that we adopt a healthy lifestyle and quit smoking, tobacco and alcohol completely. It is important to do self-examination on regularly. Some types of cancer such as those of the skin, breast, mouth, testicles, may be detected by routine self-exam. Do not hesitate to take an expert advice if you feel that something is not right.”

He also highlighted the findings of a report that estimated a five year disease free survival (DFS) rate of 70 per cent. The overall survival rate for Indian women is at 78 per cent.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), more than 14.5 lakh new cancer cases were identified in 2016 and it is projected to reach nearly 17.3 lakh new cases 2020.

Breast cancer accounted for 1.5 lakh (10 per cent of all cancer patients) new cases in 2016, making it number one cancer overall. Lung cancer has affected an estimated 1.14 lakh (83,000 in males and 31,000 in females) new cases during 2016. It is projected to reach 1.4 lakh cases by 2020.

Cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer with almost 1 lakh new cases reported in 2016. It is projected to reach 1.04 lakh cases in 2020. Tobacco is still leading cause of cancer directly responsible at least 30 per cent of all cancer patients.

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