As report by Inder Kathuria
“Though breast cancer is a major killer, it is curable if detected early. Breast cancer is not contagious. It is also not caused by bruising. Bumping or touching the breast. But nobody knows exactly why breast cancer develops. However some risk factors have been identified in this regard so far”. This was stated by Dr (Col) C S Pant, VSM, Former president of the Indian Radiological and imaging association, while delivering a Bhagwan Dass Arora memorial oration on “Breast Cancer- A curable disease” at the ninth Punjab science congress, Which began at the Guru Nanak Dev dental college and research institute here today.
Earlier, Dr Pant was honored with Bhagwan Dass Arora memorial oration Award by Dr Ramamurthi Rallapalli, General President of the Indian Science congress association, for his professional achievements and contributions in field of radiology. Dr Pant was presented with a citation, a medal and a memento on the occasion.
Delivering his oration on breast cancer by showing slides on the screen, Dr Pant said though breast cancer was a disease of the western countries, it had also spread in India.
He said Indian women delayed examination of the suspected breast cancer account of various reasons, including fear of the disease, hesitation in checking herself from a male doctor, reported painful test, and fear of radiation risk due to radiological test of the breast. He said now the test was not painful and safe.
Dr Pant said a change in the size and shape of the breast, discharge from the nipple and a lump or thickening in the breast were the warning signs of breast cancer. He said about 75 percent of all breast cancers were found in above 50-year-old women while the disease was not common under age of 30 years.
Risks of Breast Cancer
He said there was a risk of breast cancer among those women whose mother or sister has the disease. Besides this, other risk factors of breast cancer including childless married women, birth of first child after years, and first menstrual at an age/late menopause, he added.
Dr Pant also stated that pain in breast was not an early warning sign of the disease. However, he emphasized on the early diagnosis as breast cancer could be treated best before it spread further.
Dr Pant further said dietary factors like, high fat or high cholesterol diet, also played a role in breast cancer disease. He also said that thousands of women suffered from the every year in India. He also spoke on the methods of breast cancer detection, stages of breast cancer, treatment of the cancer, and steps to check the breast cancer.