Day by day, India is witnessing a higher spike of the world’s deadliest virus- Coronavirus as COVID-19, you across the whole nation. But it is reported that many women who have breast cancer are holding the screening and consultations and not attending hospitals due to the fear of COVID-19.
According to the report, the fear of COVID-19 has increased so much that people are afraid of visiting the hospital in case of suffering from some other disease. With the latest report from Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi determined that women are risking their lives and putting their breast health least important by ignoring their screening. They are not even visiting physicians because of the possibility of coming in contact with Covid.
A Senior Consultant of Apollo Hospitals informed that before Coronavirus, the hospital had a minimum of 200 monthly visits by women for the post-operative follow-ups, which are essential to monitoring the patient’s health process. For screening purposes, around 400 women used to visit before. But due to Coronavirus’s outburst, the number has now seen a definite drop of 70 percent. In August-September, there was a rise in patients with late-stage two and three cancer, signifying that cancer has advanced in the past six months from a treatable stage one phase to an intricate life looming step three.
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women worldwide, and in India, over 1.5 Lakh patients who have breast cancer are diagnosed periodically. According to the report, around 70000 women accede to it because of the lag in detection and treatment. And if this situation continues, then soon, it is predicted that almost 2.3 Lakh women will get breast cancer in India as same as in the west.
The risk of breast cancer gets higher according to age. If you get older, then the risk gets higher, and in India, women get breast cancer ten years earlier than the women in the west. The expert noted that women with dense breast tissue should have yearly high-quality breast ultrasound with their mammogram as when the cancer is detected early, and then there is a good chance that it could be treated with breast-saving surgery.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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