Incidence of breast cancer in Delhi
The adjoining graph sourced from PBCR 2012 - 2014 shows the incidence of breast cancer in Delhi presently.
Common age groups for breast cancer in Delhi
A few decades back, breast cancer was much more common after fifty years of age, and the number of young women suffering from this disease were lesser; almost 65% to 70% patients were above 50 years and only 30 to 35% women were below fifty years of age. However, presently, breast cancer is more common in the younger age group and 50% of all cases are in the 25 to 50 years age group.
What changes do we see over last few decades?
As is evident from the graph below, there has been a significant rise in the number of breast cancer cases as compared to earlier.
In 1982 - 83, breast cancer accounted for about 20% of all cancers in women in Delhi
Presently, breast cancer accounts for 27% of all cancers in women in Delhi.
What do I learn from these statistics?
The answer is very evident.
We are witnessing breast cancer in much younger ages than earlier
The numbers of breast cancer cases in all age groups is rising rapidly
More than half the patients still present to doctors in advanced stages
Breast cancers in the young tend to be more aggressive than cancers in the older population, and survival in younger patients, especially in advanced stages, is lesser.
So the NEED OF THE HOUR is breast awareness, begining from 20 years of age, and regular screening from a qualified doctor, so that we can detect the cancer early and treat it in earlier stages thereby giving a chance of longer life for the patient as also decreasing the chance of a recurrence.