Shack­les of Su­per­sti­tion

Alive - - News - — Dr. Ash­wani K. Mal­ho­tra

Hid­ing dis­ease

In the hospi­tal where I work I come across all types of can­cer pa­tients, some of whom are quite se­ri­ous. Due to the myths, su­per­sti­tions and fears sur­round­ing the dis­ease some pa­tients come at a very late stage. One such young woman from a nearby vil­lage came af­ter she was sus­pected to have a growth in her breast a year ago but in­stead of com­ing to a hospi­tal where all the fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able, she took some con­coc­tions and pow­ders from some un­qual­i­fied person, who claimed that she would be cured.

When she fi­nally turned up gasp­ing for breath in the emer­gency, she was di­ag­nosed in the 4th stage of breast can­cer, with the can­cer spread­ing to her liver and bones. A few days later, she suc­cumbed to the dis­ease. Had she taken ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment in time, per­haps she could have been cured and lived for some more years.

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