In India, around 2.5 million people are affected with a cancerous disease. Every year, over 7 lakh cancer patients are registered in India. 50% of deaths occur in women due to cervix and breast cancer.
Top 5 cancers in women are:
▸ LIP, Oral Cavity
Cervical cancer is the third largest cause of cancer mortality in India accounting for nearly 10% of all cancer related deaths in the country. The relative five year survival averages to 48.7%. Length of survival depends on the cancer stage at the time of diagnosis. The survival chance of a person becomes better if the cervical cancer is diagnosed and treated at earlier stages. Therefore it is important to avail of cervical cancer screening.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in India and accounts for 27% of all cancers in women. The incidence rates in India begin to rise in the early thirties and peak at ages 50-64 years Overall, 1 in 28 women is likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
In urban areas, 1 in 22 women develops breast cancer during her lifetime as compared to rural areas where 1 in 60 women develops breast cancer in her lifetime.