Modern lifestyles leading to cancer
Stomach cancers are widely prevalent in the Rayalaseema districts, particularly in Anantapur due to consumption of spicy foods, pickled vegetables and alcohol consumption apart from smoking, eating betel leaves and bad oral hygiene, according to Dr M Babaiah, Medical Director, American Oncology Institute, Hyderabad.
Anantapur: Stomach cancers are widely prevalent in the Rayalaseema districts, particularly in Anantapur due to consumption of spicy foods, pickled vegetables and alcohol consumption apart from smoking, eating betel leaves and bad oral hygiene, according to Dr M Babaiah, Medical Director, American Oncology Institute, Hyderabad.
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Addressing a press conference here at Hotel Masineni Grand here on Sunday, Dr Babaiah said rampant industrialisation was leading to a high degree of pollution in air and water, changes in lifestyles, lack of physical exercises and food adulteration. These, in turn, were resulting in cancers like cervical cancer, breast cancer and stomach cancer.
Babaiah pointed out that one out of five cancer patients in the world was an Indian. Every year, 11 lakh new cancer patients are being added and the number was expected to swell to 21 lakhs by the year 2020, he lamented. Dr. S K Gupta said that 34,000 new stomach cancer cases were reported every year in the State. He said that gastric cancer was more common among men.
Dr. Ali said that breast cancer was the most common ailment in Indian women. One among 8 women have breast cancer and cervical cancer is the second most common cancer causing over 2.5 lakh deaths world-wide. Brain tumours constitute one-third of all cancer cases in India and is the most common malignancy encountered in Indian males.
Replying to a question, Babaiah said he would consider bringing hospital services under the NTR Arogya Sri scheme of the State government as many could utilise the quality medical care offered by the Institute.
He said that the poor and the under-privileged sections would be given treatment at concessional rate.Asked to spell out measures for preventing breast cancers among women Dr Arun Kumar said that early marriages, early pregnancies and breast feeding of children were some of the natural remedies for cancer prevention.
American Oncology Institute is fast spreading its wings to the neighbouring Asian countries including Chittagong, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. There are currently 25 cancer centres in Asia affiliated to the American Institute of Oncology. Cancer centres have been established in Vijayawada and Guntur. Unlike in other hospitals, chemotheraphy is done only in a few hours in the institute and the patients can return to his or her house the same day.
Replying to a question, Babaiah said that a cancer centre was likely to be set up in Anantapur. He would also consider conducting screening tests for cancer patients in various regions of the State. Teams of doctors were also visiting the rural areas to create awareness among the rural folk on ways and means of preventing and fighting cancer, he added.