10 October 2019


To Create awareness on “Rising Trends of Breast Cancers in Females in India Dr Rajeshwar Singh Director Oncology, Dr Rajan Sahu, Senior Consultant Surgical Oncology, Dr Parneet Singh Consultant Radiotherapy from Paras Hospitals Panchkula interacted with Media person today. 

Speaking on the occasion Dr Rajeshwar Singh apprised that For more than 4 decades, cervical cancer was the major killer disease in India. But Breast Cancer which has been on a steady rise, has now over taken cervical cancer as the most common and deadly killer disease of new era.  Breast Cancer impacts 2.1 million women each year and India sees 1.5 Lac New cases of Breast cancer every year.

A few decades back, breast cancer was seen only after fifty years of age, and the number of young women suffering from this disease were lesser; almost 65% to 70% patients were above 50 years and only 30 to 35% women were below fifty years of age. However, presently, breast cancer is becoming more common in the younger age group and almost 50% of all cases are in the 25 to 60 years age group. More than 60% of the cases in India present in advanced stage accounting for poor survival and high mortality.

Speaking on this occasion Dr.Rajan Sahu said 50 % of Breast Cancer Patients in North India are in 25 yr to 60 yrs age group.-Breast cancer accounts for 27 % of all cancers in females in India. If we do not work on creating awareness and early detection of cancer, the figure could be much worse. He also shared that Breast Self examination and Mammography are simple techniques to Deduct Breast Cancer cases at early stages but according to a survey 75 % Indain women Shy away from Breast Cancer screening.

Dr Rajan Sahu also shared that “there two main female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and their interplay have a major influence on cancer formation. Estrogen promotes cell growth. Progesterone causes cell maturation and stabilization. Anything which causes the hyperestrogenic stage without progesterone will lead to increased cell growth without stabilization or maturation making a woman prone to breast cancer.”

Address the Media person Dr Parneet Singh shared that Number of Cancer Cases expected to rise by 70% over Next two decades in India. He also said that Cancer Is Still a Stigma in Indian Society and Women going through Breast cancer do not speak about it openly fearing being stigmatized by their own family and friends. The attitude towards cancer from our society has made cancer patients preventing open discussion and creating a vicious cycle of fear and misinformation for the masses. This is what is hindering attempts to raise awareness about avoidable cancer risks and the importance of early detection. Also most of the cases in our country are diagnosed very late and according to the statistics of WHO, more than 60% of the women are diagnosed with breast cancer at stage III or IV in India. This drastically affects the survival rate and treatment options for the patients.

On the occasion, Mr. Ashish Chadha, Facility Director Paras Hospitals Panchkula said that Paras Hospitals Panchkula  is conducting a monthly Cancer Clinic in Karnal, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Patiala, Solan, where by expert Doctors from Paras Hospitals Panchkula would be available in Panipat on regular basis to extend their expert opinion. He also shared that Paras Hospital Panchkula in on Now Empaneled with Himachal Govt, CGHS and all major TPAS & Corporates.

Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer –

Lump in Breast

Nipple Discharge.

Thickening of skin of Breast.

Redness and swelling in any part of Breast.

Inverted Nipple of Breast.

Lump in Arm Pit.

Risk Factors:

  • Family History: Women whose mother or sister had breast cancer carry a higher risk of developing this disease.
  • Breast lumps- Women who have had some type of non-cancerous breast lumps are more likely to develop cancer later on..
  • Age: As women get older, they are at higher risk of breast cancer.
  • Diet and lifestyle choices: Women who smoke, eat high fat diet, drink alcohol are more at risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Radiation Exposure: Frequent exposure to X-Rays and CT scans may raise a women’s chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Obesity: Overweight women are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Oestrogen exposure – Women who started having periods earlier or entered menopause later than usual are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This is because their bodies have been exposed to oestrogen for longer duration.



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