As told by Dr (Col) C S Pant to Arjun Bisht
National Conference to promote early detection of breast cancer held in Chennai
Renowned Global Experts showcase how modern breast imaging techniques can be integrated in day to day practice
Breast Imaging Society (India) today organised BISICON 2013, the first national conference in India to promote early detection of breast cancer at IC & SR Auditorium, IIT Madras. This two day eventaimed at bringing together renowned Indian and international experts in the field, with a view to showcase how basic and modern breast imaging techniques can be integrated in our day to day practice, saw an encouraging participation on the first day.
Inaugurating the first of its Kind Conference in Chennai, Ms. Preetha Reddy, MD, Apollo Hospitals said, “Apollo hospitals’ has always been in the forefront of Women’s healthcare. Over the years, we have championed many causes related to cancer. In fact, we were among the first hospitals to start mammography that is offered as a part of dedicated Health-check packages for women. We are always investing in technology to strengthen our clinical excellence and better patient outcomes. We are the first hospital in South Asia to get a state-of art Tomosynthesis equipment and are confident of benefiting our patients immensely.
Breast cancer accounts for approximately 25% of all new cancers diagnosed and unfortunately as many as 20% of all cancer deaths known in Indian women.In absolute numbers, approximately 1 Lakh new cases are diagnosed every year and 52000 succumb to it. The primary reason for this is lack of awareness & screening. As a direct consequence, patients are only diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease – as per a WHO report, 65 % of patients in India present in stage III or IV of the disease, thereby severely restricting treatment options.
Additionally,48% of breast cancer patients in India develop the disease before 50 years of age and the disease is more aggressive in these age groups (many are ER/PR or triple negative), with high probability of recurrence.
As per data from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, 5 years survival in breast cancer patients in USA increased from 75% (in 1970) to 89% today, largely due to early detection. Only 60% of Indian women match this figure.In India, there is a lack of trained man-power – too few breast radiographers, fewer breast radiologists, no official policy on screening and no insurance cover.
Dr. (Col.) CS Pant, VSM (Retd.) Organising Chairman, BISICON 2013 & Chairman BISI said, “The Objective of Breast Imaging Society (India) is to educate medical professionals on the Imaging and Intervention techniques related to the diseases of the breast, conduct public awareness programs for promoting education and awareness of general public for early detection and management of breast cancer all over India and encourage and promote welfare of patients with breast cancer and other diseases affecting breast, promote research in breast imaging and interventions.
Through BISICON 2013, Breast Imaging Society India will provide an important common platform to breast radiologists, experts from other medical specialities dealing with breast disease like preventive & family medicine physicians, gynaecologists, surgical, medical & radiation oncologists, & experts from the technical & engineering field. Dr. Bagyam Raghavan, Organising Secretary BISICON 2013 said