Breast Cancer Rates on the Rise in India
Mugdha Yardi was shattered when she was detected with breast cancer and thought the diagnosis must be wrong. It was not, and her worst fear came true. Now she has overcome her disease and is helping others do the same. With one out of every 22 Indian women suffering from breast cancer, she has plenty to do.
‘I was pretty healthy and couldn’t have thought of such a menacing disease when this thing (breast cancer) happened to me in 2001 at the age of 40 and my life was thrown upside down,’ Yardi told IANS on phone from Pune.
Mugdha now runs Aastha Breast Cancer Support Group.
‘The cases of breast cancer have increased from what it used to be a decade ago and to curb the spread of this disease we have decided to open an NGO creating awareness for its prevention,’ she said.
Someone who has gone through the same crisis and endured the same pain can really understand and help the victims of this disease, Mugdha says. ‘Early detection is the best cure for this disease.’
‘For years we have been visiting schools and colleges and holding public shows and rallies to create awareness. We invite experts to address people and clear their nagging doubts and worries. Also, there are some question-and-answer sessions and workshops,’ Mugdha added.
India accounts for nearly six percent of deaths due to breast cancer globally and one out of every 22 women in India is diagnosed with breast cancer, according to a study by Indian Council of Medical Research. Breast cancer is rapidly overtaking the number of cervical cancer cases among Indian women, the study said.
There will be approximately 250,000 new cases of breast cancer in India by 2015, says a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).