TMC to open can­cer test cen­tre in Mum­bai

Sep­a­rate ward at Wa­dia hos­pi­tal will screen Thane women res­i­dents for risks of cer­vi­cal and breast can­cer

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha. pol@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion in a novel ini­tia­tive has pro­posed start­ing pre­can­cer screen­ing and can­cer de­tec­tion cen­tre for women.

It will screen women for risks of cer­vi­cal and breast can­cer.

The TMC will be the first mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion in the state to pro­vide such a fa­cil­ity for women.

Civic com­mis­sioner Sanjeev Jaiswal said, “Cer­vi­cal and breast can­cer are the two com­mon types of can­cer af­fect­ing women. We have come up with the pro­posal of a sep­a­rate ward at Wa­dia hos­pi­tal in Mum­bai for de­tect­ing this type of can­cer. We will also screen women through DNA test­ing to de­tect if they are at risk of de­vel­op­ing the can­cers.”

As per the cor­po­ra­tion’s health depart­ment sur­vey, the city’s pop­u­la­tion is over 23 to 25 lakhs. “Out of these, 52 per cent peo­ple re­side in slums, out of which, 25 per cent peo­ple are from chawls or lower- mid­dle class fam­i­lies,” said an of­fi­cer from the depart­ment re­quest­ing anonymity.

“There are over 72 to 80 per cent pop­u­la­tion from lower so­cio eco­nomic group. Fifty per cent of this pop­u­la­tion in­cludes women,” he added.

The depart­ment said there are 12 lakh women in the city, out of which, 10 lakh are in the age group of 16 to 60 and at the risk of de­vel­op­ing cer­vi­cal and breast can­cer.

“As per the WHO data, two to three per cent women in this age group are at the risk of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer and five to 10 per cent are at the risk of cer­vi­cal can­cer. Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, around three to five per cent women in Thane might be at the risk of ei­ther of the two can­cers,” he added.

De­layed de­tec­tion of these can­cers leads to loss of life or de­creases the qual­ity of life as it spreads faster in the body.

The of­fi­cer said, “We have de­cided to screen five lakh women in the next five years. This will in­clude patho­log­i­cal, mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal, blood, DNA, RNA, biopsy and other can­cer­re­lated tests."

"Most women who catch Hu­man Papi­loma Virus (HPV) in­fec­tion are at 10 per cent risk of de­vel­op­ing cer­vi­cal can­cer, t hus t he screen­ing will de­tect the women for HPV in­fec­tion,” he added.

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor po­ra­tion has pro­posed to buy the au­to­mated liq­uid based cy­tol­ogy sys­tem and the au­to­mated molec­u­lar HPV de­tec­tion sys­tem which will de­tect the risk or ac­tual can­cer in women. The screen­ing will be done at a state of art can­cer de­tec­tion ward to be set up at Wa­dia Hos­pi­tal by the cor­po­ra­tion.

The cost of both the ma­chines will be Rs76.13 lakh.

We have come up with the pro­posal of a sep­a­rate ward at Wa­dia hos­pi­tal in Mum­bai for de­tect­ing this type of can­cer. We will also screen women through DNA test­ing to de­tect if they are at risk of de­vel­op­ing the can­cers. SANJEEV JAISWAL, TMC com­mis­sioner THERE ARE 12 LAKH WOMEN IN THANE, OUT OF WHICH, 10 LAKH ARE IN THE AGE GROUP OF 16 TO 60 AND ARE AT RISK OF DE­VEL­OP­ING CER­VI­CAL AND BREAST CAN­CER.

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