‘An­nual screen­ing nec­es­sary for early de­tec­tion of can­cer’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - HT METRO -

A free can­cer de­tec­tion camp was or­gan­ised at Dr Ram Manohar Lo­hia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences while the In­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety or­gan­ised an in­ter­ac­tion with pa­tients on the Na­tional Can­cer Aware­ness Day on Fri­day.

Ad­dress­ing pa­tients and at­ten­dants, Dr Shailen­dra Yadav replied to their queries.

About 160 pa­tients were ex­am­ined at the camp at the Lo­hia in­sti­tute. The camp was in­au­gu­rated by prof Nuzrat Hu­sain, di­rec­tor, RMLIMS.

She em­pha­sised on the im­por­tance of com­pul­sory an­nual screen­ing es­pe­cially for fe­males for early de­tec­tion of can­cer and com­plete breast ex­am­i­na­tion to rule out the on­set of ma­lig­nan­cies. Dr Rahat Hadi, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, Ra­di­a­tion On­col­ogy, co­or­di­nated the pro­gramme un­der the over­all su­per­vi­sion of prof MLB Bhatt, HOD, Ra­di­a­tion On­col­ogy and med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent.

Prof Bhatt said around 10 lakh new can­cer cases were added an­nu­ally in our coun­try and about 30 lakh can­cer cases were known at any point of time in the coun­try.

Ut­tar Pradesh has only 14 can­cer treat­ment cen­tres where as about 2-3 lakh cases are be­ing di­ag­nosed an­nu­ally. It is a na­tional chal­lenge to pro­vide care and treat­ment to such a large num­ber of pa­tients.

The can­cer is cur­able com­pletely if de­tected early. The myth that can­cer is not cur­able is no longer true. About 95% of can­cer cases in early stage are cur­able and 40-50% are even cur­able in the late stages, said the doc­tors.

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