Breast Cancer – Facts & Figures (Hindi Video)

Breast Cancer is now the most common cancer amongst Indian women. Approximately 1 in 22 Indian women suffer from this disease during their lifetime. A high incidence has also been noticed in parts of North India like Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, Punjab.

Breast cancer is curable if defected early. If breast cancer is detected at an early stage, another advantage is that mastectomy or full removal of the breast might not be required.

In this patient education video, Dr. Rohan Khandelwal (Breast Cancer Surgeon in Delhi NCR) talks about some common facts and figures regarding Breast cancer in India. In this Hindi video, he talks in detail about the risk factors and the best way to detect this disease at an early stage.

It is important to realise that the most common presentation of breast cancer is in the form of a painless lump in the breast (not painful).

If you have any further queries regarding breast cancer, please reach out to

Dr. Rohan Khandelwal

Breast Cancer Surgeon, CK Birla Hospital for Women

+91 79-88252759

Types of Breast Cancer – Invasive vs Non invasive

Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst Indian women. Majority of these cancers arise from the 15-20 ducts present in the breast. These cancers can be of two types, invasive and non invasive. These terms are often mentioned in the pathology report after the breast cancer surgeon does the biopsy. This simple patient information video explains these terms and their practical implications.

If the patient is diagnosed with an invasive cancer, then the patient often requires chemotherapy, whereas, if the patient has non invasive cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ), chemotherapy can be avoided.

To diagnose the type of breast cancer, a breast biopsy is required (tru-cut or core needle biopsy). FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) is not useful in distinguishing between the two types of cancers.

This information has been provided by Dr. Rohan Khandelwal, Breast Cancer Surgeon at W Pratiksha Hospital, Gurgaon & Delhi NCR.

Greenish Nipple Discharge

 

 

 

Nipple discharge is a common problem with which ladies present to our Breast Clinic. Nipple discharge can be of many types ranging from clear fluid to frank blood.

Greenish nipple discharge is commonly seen in ladies between the ages of 40-55 years. It is common in ladies who smoke and those are suffering from diabetes.

Breast Cancer should be ruled out in all these patients by doing a triple assessment, i.e. clinical examination, imaging & biopsy. Once cancer has been ruled out, patient should be re-assured and if there is any inflammation, antibiotics can be given. In case of persistent discharge and a lump, the implicated ducts can be surgically removed.

 

 

Don’t ignore a lump in the breast, it could be breast cancer!

 

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Indian women now. The most common presentation of this condition is in the form of a painless lump in the breast. Early diagnosis of this dreaded condition can lead to complete cure. So, don’t ignore a lump in the breast as it could be cancer.

 

Scalp cooling device to reduce hair loss during chemotherapy

Hair loss during chemotherapy can be a huge psychological and physical blow to a lady. Today, we tried the Paxman scalp cooling device on two of our chemotherapy patients. This device leads to vasoconstriction of the scalp vessels and reduces hair loss during chemo.

Studies done using the device report a 70% reduction in hair loss with Paclitaxel based chemotherapy ( used for breast cancer, ovarian cancer) and a 30% reduction in hair loss with adriamycin (used for breast cancer) based chemotherapy.

 

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Changing trend of Breast Cancer incidence in India

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Breast Cancer and the age wise distribution in India

This graph depicts the changing trend in the age wise distribution of breast cancer in our country. Over the years, the incidence of breast cancer has increases dramatically and there has been a higher increase in the incidence between 30-40 years of age. This is mainly attributable to the lifestyle changes visible in the Indian society. Another major factor, which is difficult to quantify is the increase in pollution levels.
It is important we realise this change and encourage patients to take corrective measure to control the modifiable risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity. Also increased awareness is required, so that these cancers can be detected early.

Excellent video to create Breast Cancer Awareness

One of my patient recently sent me this video created by Sunny Leone to spread Breast Cancer awareness and I feel it is an excellent initiative taken by her against this deadly disease, whose incidence is rapidly rising in our country.

 

 

I personally feel that celebrities have a huge role to play in creating awareness regarding health issues like cancer and more and more should come forward with initiatives like these.