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Saree Wear Linked to Cancer: Health Risks in Indian Women

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The saree, a quintessential symbol of Indian femininity, is a graceful garment spanning five and a half to six meters, beloved worldwide. However, wearing a saree can pose health risks, including the potential for cancer. This risk is particularly notable in India, where sarees are predominantly worn by women.

Throughout many regions of India, women adorn sarees year-round, seven days a week. Securing a saree involves tightly fastening a cotton petticoat around the waist with cotton thread. Dr. Vivek Gupta, a cancer surgeon at PSRI Hospital in Delhi, explains that prolonged wear of the same garment can lead to friction against the waist, causing skin irritation, peeling, and discoloration. This repetitive damage and healing cycle can contribute to the development of cancer, specifically Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), commonly referred to as saree cancer.

The prevalence of saree cancer is attributed more to hygiene practices rather than the garment itself. Regions with high temperatures and humidity levels, such as Bihar and Jharkhand, report a higher incidence of this cancer. Despite accounting for only 1 percent of cancers in Indian women, cases of saree cancer persist, with ongoing research at institutions like RN Cooper Hospital in Mumbai shedding light on this phenomenon.

Similarly, in Kashmir, another unique form of skin cancer, known as Kangri cancer, is observed. This cancer arises from the tradition of using earthen pots filled with embers, known as Kangris, for warmth during frigid weather. Prolonged exposure to the heat from Kangris, particularly in the abdominal and thigh areas, can lead to cancerous developments.

Moreover, tight-fitting clothing, including jeans, can pose health risks, particularly for men. Research suggests that prolonged wear of very tight clothes can disrupt blood flow and increase temperatures in sensitive areas, potentially impacting fertility and increasing the risk of testicular cancer. While concrete findings are pending, indications such as skin marks, redness, breathing difficulties, or skin irritation should alert individuals to reassess their clothing choices.

In conclusion, while traditional attire like sarees and cultural practices like Kangris offer comfort and aesthetic appeal, awareness of their potential health implications, along with prudent clothing choices, is essential for overall well-being.

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