Detection of Cancer in the advance stages is a major cause for increasing rate of deaths, says Doctors.
Late detection of cancer in patients is leading to a greater number of deaths. As per the reports of a hospital, the number of deaths has gone up by 5% as compared to the last year.
Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology reports, 607 deaths have been recorded out of 11,792 registrations in 2019, whereas 552 deaths were recorded in 2018 out of 11,260 registrations.
The doctor said 80% of patients come to the hospital at the advance stage for treatment. This reduces the chances of survival.
Being one of the most expensive treatments it requires Rs. 5-6 lakhs in the initial stages and approx. Rs. 20 lakhs for 6 cycles of Chemotherapy.
Prakash, a relative of a patient said, “It has been one month since my relative is getting treated here. Doctors have said it is cancer. I paid 45,000 for the operation. The expense is too much; it is very difficult for us to afford it.”
The Karnataka Govt. has many schemes for cancer treatment, which provide free treatment to people with BPL cards, and 25% to 50% relaxation to others on caste and income certificates. Vajpayee Arogyashree is one of such major scheme.
Dr. Ramesh of KMIO said, “We provide all the possible treatment but on the last stage cancer cannot be treated. Patients with early symptoms of cancer are given the proper treatment. Bleeding from any organ, continued indigestion, any lump in the body, change in voice, any changes in wart or mole are few early symptoms of the cancer. Early diagnosis of cancer is very crucial. There are no screening programs for early detection of cancer that increases the number of deaths. Tobacco is one of the most preventable causes for cancer. By organizing the Anti- tobacco programs, school education, Strong cancer control programs, it can be controlled.”
A research report says, “Shortage of appropriately educated and trained medical officers for treatment, management, and palliative care for cancer patients, particularly outside metropolitan cities, remains a challenge across the country. There are limited population-level screening modalities available for some of the cancers responsible for the highest cancer burden in India, such as stomach and lung cancers. Primary prevention should therefore be promoted for cancer.”