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Every year there is 15 to 20% increase in cancer cases: Dr MS Vishveshwara

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Mysuru: To treat cancer patient optimally, Research, Training and Treatment is very important said Dr MS Vishveshwara, Chief Radiation Oncologist and Medical Superintendent, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology. When compared to last year that is 2020, there is a 20 per cent increase in the total number of cancer patients who visited the hospital in 2021. 

World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on February 4 to raise awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. It has been celebrated since 2000. World Cancer Day 2022 theme is ‘Close the care gap- Everyone deserves access to cancer care. It is a three-year campaign to identify and address the issue regarding the inequality in assessing cancer services worldwide.

Addressing media persons at the Hospital premise here on Thursday Dr Vishveshwara said “At an average in Mysuru alone every year we are treating more than 6000 patients which include 3000 in our hospital itself. According to the Cancer Statistics report, more than 13,92,179 cancer cases were reported in India in 2020. Breast, lung, cervical and thyroid is the most common cancers in women. On the other hand, cancer of the lung, prostate, stomach and liver are most common in men. It is estimated that Increasing pollution, pesticides in the food we eat, chemicals and smoking habits were causing this increase. Most cancers are preventable as tests are available for all”. 

“The fight against cancer is supposed to be at various levels. As we all know that prevention is better than cure, one needs to adopt measures for the prevention of cancer. The salient measures are avoidance of tobacco, alcohol and adopting a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise. Cancer screening is a very good tool for the early detection of cancer before a patient is symptomatic by means of simple tests. It is very successful in breast cancer, cervical cancer and various other malignancies. People need to be motivated to go for screening programs” added Dr Vishveshwara.

Dr Srinivas K.G, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Dr Vijay Kumar M, Consultant Surgical Oncologist and Nirmala K Murthy, Chief Operation Officer, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology were present. 

Free consultation: As part of World Cancer Day on February 4, the hospital is conducting various awareness programs including awareness talks at the University of Mysore, Schools, Colleges, Garments and NGOs.

On February 4 and 5 there will be free consultation at the hospital.
For consultation contact Mob: 9880394712 or 9945433300. 

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