Friday, April 10th, 2020

Ludhiana Celebrates National Breast Cancer Month: A Fight for Well-Being

Breast Cancer is a Burning problem of PunjabKulbir Kalsi,

 After reinforcing its commitment to highlight the sensitivity of Breast Cancer across Punjab, the initiative to promote breast cancer awareness has now reached Ludhiana, to conclude the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Renowned cancer super specialist, Dr. Navdeep Singh (MD, DM, AIIMS NEW DELHI),  Global Heart and Super-Speciality Hospital, Ludhiana, came forward to promote breast cancer awareness, shared vital information on the disease and brought forth the latest developments in treatment procedures that have evolved over the years, making it curable with increased survival rates. Misconception like cancer was not curable or that one could not lead a normal life even after the treatment were addressed. Cancer or the ‘Big C’, as it is fearfully referred to, is no longer considered a death sentence. The number of individuals who have survived cancer has considerably increased over the years. Dr. Navdeep informed that breast cancer is now completely curable without leading to any damage to healthy cells. The smaller the breast cancer, the better the rate of cure. A breast cancer that is 5mm in size has a 95% cure rate. A breast cancer that is 1cm in size has a 90% chance of cure. A breast cancer that is palpable needs to be 2.5cm in size on average. Such breast cancers are only 60% curable, added Dr. Navdeep. According to Dr. Navdeep, timely detection of breast cancer can lower the risk of alarming stats. Undergoing regular screening programmes and medical checks can help in early diagnosis of the disease. Breast Cancer can be diagnosed using three processes – clinical examinations, ultrasounds and mammography. Furthermore, three treatment procedures, namely, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are used. The treatment plan should ideally target the cancer cells and reduce the risk of future breast cancer recurrence. Usually, surgery is preferred to remove the breast cancer and reconstruct the breast simultaneously. Earlier, surgeons used to remove the entire breast, however, nowadays; only the tumor is removed keeping the breast intact. In case of chemotherapy also, earlier, patients suffered from nausea, vomiting, change of skin complexion, anemia and infection etc. Now, to combat the adverse effects of chemotherapy, certain medicines are available in market which attack only cancer cells which do not affect other parts of the body. Similarly, radiology has also become safer. The X-rays have become more targeted and they do not damage healthy cells in the body.



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