The Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017 is being observed across the globe to raise awareness on breast cancer and its harmful effects.
In the light of this month-long annual program, some alarming revelations were made on breast cancer situation in Nepal. Surprisingly, those revelations point at the rising number of such cases in the country!
“Every year, the number of breast cancer patients is increasing by 5 percent. Anyone with the family history of any kind of cancer is at high risk of breast cancer,” says Dr Prakash Raj Neupane, Medical Director at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital (BCH), Nepal.
Out of the estimated 3,500-4,000 new cancer patients in the country, 200 new cases of breast cancer are being diagnosed every year.
Around 120 patients have undergone breast cancer surgery in BCH in the 2016-17 fiscal year.
Women in the age groups of 40-45 years and 60-65 years were found to be suffering from breast cancer across the nation.
The revelations also indicate risks of breast cancer among men. “Men also need to remain aware as cancers are genetic,” says Dr Prakash.
Bhaktapur-based cancer hospital is currently treating 12 breast cancer men patients. Men aged above 60 years were reported to be suffering from such cancer.
Sedentary lifestyle, having children after the age of 30 years, lack of regular exercise and family and personal history were identified as the major factors behind the growing number of breast cancer patients across the country.
For early detection of the disease, doctors advise public to go through a mammogram test after crossing 21 years to check if there is any lump formation under the skin.