More and more women are falling prey to cancers across the world. The incidence of this dreaded disease is on a rise not just across the world, but also in India and particularly in Punjab. As per reports, every day 2,000 new women cancer cases are diagnosed in India, with 1,200 being in the advanced stages. Going by the numbers, there would be an estimated increase from 110 per 1 lakh population to 190-260 per 1 lakh population by 2025.
Compared to other parts of India, Punjab stands the worst effected with high rates of incidence, mainly due to factors such as usage of pesticides; alcohol consumption and smoking. Over all, there are more than 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 population in Punjab with 55-60% being women. What’s more alarming is, despite cancer being a common critical health concern, only 1% of women in India undergo any sort of cancer screening process in a period of 2 years. But the fact remains that, if diagnosed early most of the women cancers can be successfully treated, and survivors can have a normal life.
American Oncology Institute and Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) are taking up a massive public service initiative, #BeatingCancerInWomen, to spread awareness about women cancers by emphasizing on the three key facets of the problem: prevention, detection and cure. Together, they extend invitation to all socially conscious individuals to join the campaign and play their part in helping our women survive the incidence of cancer.
To know more about the initiative, click #beatingcancerinwomen