By: Ashok Kumar, Indian Express
24 September 2010
New Delhi: A survey, recently conducted by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in five municipal wards of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), found that a startling 90 per cent of the women are completely ignorant or have alarmingly little knowledge of cervical cancer, a disease that is rapidly becoming the number one malignant disease in women in the entire country.
IndianExpress.com talks to Dr Hema Divakar, consultant, obstetrics and Gynaecology at Divakars Specialty Hospital, Bangalore, to know how the challenge brought by this disease can be effectively tackled.
What is cervical cancer and how common is it in India?
Cancer of the uterine cervix, (mouth of the uterus) also known as cervical cancer, is one of the most common cancers among women worldwide and nearly 75,000 women in the prime of their lives, succumb to this disease each year.
India has one-fourth of the world’s burden of cancer of the cervix with nearly 1,320,000 women being diagnosed every year. Regular checkups and screening tests are required to effectively tackle the challenge of cervical cancer.
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