According to the survey, 70 percent of women are aware of the self-examination of breast cancer out of which 56 percent of women said that they do regular self-examination
Neuberg Diagnostics recently carried out a breast cancer awareness survey pertaining to self-breast examination, its importance and awareness on hereditary aspects of breast cancer. According to the survey, 70 percent of women are aware of the self-examination of breast cancer out of which 56 percent of women said that they do regular self-examination. However, 35 percent were not aware of when to start performing self-breast examination and 19 percent were unsure about what to do further if they noticed changes. In this survey, more than 400 respondents from about 100 Indian cities including Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi and Hyderabad had participated. The age group of respondents was 18 and above.
Discussions amongst families about medical illnesses were far and few according to survey results as more than 50 percent were unaware regarding their family history.
Dr Udhaya Kotecha, Clinical Geneticist, Neuberg Diagnostics said, “5-10 percent of patients have breast cancer due to a change (variation) in genes associated with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome. Identifying the underlying genetic variation helps assess risk for cancers in other organs and allows informed decision-making regarding risk reduction in surgery.”
Aishwarya Vasudevan, Group Chief Operating Officer, Neuberg Diagnostics said “In recent years, there has been a spike in the number of breast cancer incidences in India. Hormonal imbalances, child-bearing age preferences, and lifestyle changes are key factors in high incidences. Early detection can improve the chances of breast cancer survival. However, early detection can only happen when an individual is aware of what to look out for!”
She added, “We found that women are becoming more aware of the self-examination, however about 35 percent are still unaware about the next steps. The only possible solution to this is seeking medical guidance which can support early diagnosis, and access to more effective treatment. This will also help in reducing the number of post-breast cancer survivals in India which is reported at 60 percent for Indian women, as compared to 80 percent in the US.”