30% males and 28% females from the age group of 28-55 years are prone to the risk of cancers
February 2, 2017, Bengaluru: On the occasion of World Cancer Day which is widely celebrated on February 4th; Indus Health Plus, the pioneer in preventive healthcare launched an Abnormality Report on Cancer to emphasis its impact on the masses. The sample size for the study was 12,250people ( Male – 6394, Female – 5856) who underwent preventive health check-up during January – December 2016.
The report states that males from the age group of 55-65 years were recorded for the highest risk of cancers; where lung was amongst the leading, closely followed by head & neck cancer and Esophageal ranked third. Breast cancer was found to be predominant in females with the age group of 45-65 years of age, with cervical coming second in rank. It has especially been found that males and females who are at risks of breast, colon, ovary, kidney, stomach, and other cancers have been found to be genetically prone to cancer. 6% men and 8% women from the age group of 30-55 years fall under this category. Mr. Amol Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist and JMD Indus Health Plus said, “The smoke from pollution of vehicles and industries has increased the cases of lung cancer by 5-6% from last few years in Bengaluru which was usually seen in people with tobacco use. Risk factor amongst men and women both in the age group of 30-50 years is higher, with most of them from the working population. Communities, private players and even people at individual level, should come together to educate everyone about signs, symptoms and early diagnosis which will improve survival from cancer and empower people to adopt healthy choices.” Key inferences of the report: • Consumption of large amounts of red chillies, food at very high temperatures and alcohol consumption are the main risk factors for stomach cancers in Bengaluru • The main reasons for cancers in this city are changing lifestyle and genetic predominance. Work pressure, stress, unhealthy eating habits and heavy smoking are putting them on the high risk of cancer • Males with a desk job from the age group of 25-45 years consume spicy foods and alcohol, thus putting themselves at high risk of stomach cancer
Inwomen, the risk of breast and cervical cancer is the highest. The reason forthis has been shown as an increase in estrogen levels in women’s blood system
Womenfrom the age group of 30-55 years are at higher risk due to late marriages,late conception, obesity, increase in stress levels, pills consumption forinfertility and hormonal changes
7%of the Bangalore women are obese and are more prone to the risk of developingcancer
Close to12-14 lakh new cases of cancer are reported every year in India and found to bemore common in males as compared to females. However, one-third of allcancer cases are preventable due to lifestyle changes and early diagnosis. Forthe common signs and symptoms of cancer, people should keep in mind the word CAUTION:C: Change in bowel or bladder habits, A: a sore that is not healing, U: Unusualdischarge or bleeding OR Unexplained weight loss, T: Thickening or lump in thebreast, testicles or elsewhere, I: Indigestion or difficulty swallowing, O:Obvious change in a wart or mole, N: Nagging cough or hoarseness