5.8 lakh new cancer cases in women in India in 2018: AOI

5.8 lakh new cancer cases in women in India in 2018: AOI

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Jammu, Feb 4: In a startling revelation, American Oncology Institute (AOI), South Asia’s leading chain of cancer hospitals on Tuesday said that in 2018, 5.8 lakh cases of cancer were diagnosed in women across India.

“In India, around 5.8 lakh new cases of cancers were diagnosed in women in 2018,” Dr Jagprag Singh Gujral, Group CEO-South Asia, American Oncology Institute (AOI) here said after inaugurating campaign called Nyla, a movement for early detection and prevention of Cancers in Women on the occasion of World Cancer Day across 8 states in India here at ASCOMS Hospital.

He said that breast cancer accounts for 25-32 percent of all female cancers while cervical cancer is the second most common cancer and accounted for 16.5 per cent of newly diagnosed cancer cases in women in the year 2018.

He further said that ovarian Cancer is the third leading cancer and accounted for about 6.2 per cent of all cancers among women in India and added that breast (27.7 pc), Cervix Uteri (16.5 pc), ovary (6.2 pc) and Colorectum (3.4 pc) cancers together account for more than half of all cancers in women.

“Many of these cancers can be detected early and are highly curable in early stages. Therefore, it is important to step up and educate our community about cancers in women,” he added.

The Inauguration of campaign was done by Priya Sethi, former MoS in presence of Dr Pavan Malhotra, Director Principal, ASCOMS and Hospital, Dr. Paras Khanna, Consultant Surgical Oncologist, Dr Surbhi Kudyar, Associate Consultant Surgical Oncologist.

Negligence and ignorance are causing a growing number of women to lose the battle to cancer, he added and said that early detection can help more women win the battle against cancer.

American Oncology Institute is proud to announce the launch of NYLA – a movement for early detection and prevention of cancers in women namely Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer and Colorectal Cancer, said the expert.

The word ‘NYLA’ is of Arabic origin and means ‘winner’.

Dr Gujral further said, “There is a rising incidence of cancers in India. Breast, cervical, ovarian, uterine and colorectal cancer together account for more than 50 percent of cancers in women."

Ms Sethi lauded the initiative by American Oncology Institute in association with ASCOMS for the well being of women especially by bringing the awareness among masses against the most feared disease.

She also announced support in taking forward the Nyla Campaign through her association and will take active part in making people aware about Cancer.

Dr Pavan Malhotra, Principal Director- ASCOMS & Hospital, Jammu said, “awareness and early detection is the key to fight against cancer. Only 1 percent of women in India undergo any sort of cancer screening process in a period of 2 years. It is the need of the hour to spread awareness about Cancer among women." (UNI)