Breast cancer, the most prevalent cancer in women, affects mammary glands. While the etiology of breast cancer is unknown, environmental and lifestyle factors have been linked. These include advanced age, genetics, obesity, smoking, alcohol usage, not having children or having them later. A lump, breast size or shape change, breast or armpit pain, nipple discharge, and skin changes are breast cancer symptoms. Mammograms are recommended for all women over 40 since early detection is key to treatment. Breast cancer treatments include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy. Breast cancer can kill if not treated quickly and properly.
In a recent research, one Indian woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every four minutes, and the average age of diagnosis is a decade younger than Western women.
This information was provided by Prof Anand Misra, HoD endocrine surgery department, King George’s Medical University, who cited the Globocan 2020 research.
“This increase in breast cancer incidence in India has dramatically increased the need for qualified breast surgeons equipped to treat these patients,” Prof Mishra added.
“KGMU Breast Update 2023,” a two-day conference beginning Friday, will focus on early breast cancer diagnosis and oncoplastic surgical procedures under the subject “Let’s do oncoplasty,” according to Prof Misra, the event’s organizing chairman.
“New technologies have changed how we identify breast cancers early, and treatment has changed from radical surgery to breast-conserving surgeries with similar prognosis and outcomes,” said Dr. Kul Ranjan Singh, the conference’s organizing secretary. Oncoplastic breast surgery refers to “new surgical techniques that combine cancer surgery principles with plastic surgery principles to optimize cancer cure while maintaining the shape and symmetry of the breast.”
“In India, women usually ignore symptoms of illness.” This is one of the causes for delayed diagnosis, and secondly, they ignore treatment till it bothers them,” explained Dr Amita Shukla, senior gynaecologist at SC Trivedi Memorial Trust hospital.
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer in women globally, and lifestyle and environment increase risk. One Indian woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every four minutes, about a decade younger than Western women, according to a research. Mammograms are recommended for all women over 40 since early detection is key to treatment. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy are options. The growing frequency of breast cancer in India has increased the need for competent breast surgeons. KGMU Breast Update 2023, a two-day conference, will focus on early breast cancer diagnosis and oncoplastic surgical procedures under the topic “Let’s do oncoplasty.” Breast cancer detection has altered due to new technology, and treatment has shifted from drastic surgery to breast-conserving operations with similar prognosis and results. Women in India frequently disregard indications of sickness, resulting in delayed diagnosis and delaying treatment until it is too late.