Experts Aim to Clear Myths Surrounding Women and Childhood Cancers, Urging Early Treatment

Dr Manish Sharma, Consultant, Medical Oncology, RGCIRC (Niti Bagh), stated that breast cancer was the most common cancer amongst women in urban areas. There is a myth that a painless lump in the breast is harmless and hence women delay visiting a doctor.

Experts Aim to Clear Myths Surrounding Women and Childhood Cancers, Urging Early Treatment
Experts Aim to Clear Myths Surrounding Women and Childhood Cancers, Urging Early Treatment

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC) specialists emphasize the need to dispel misconceptions related to breast cancer in women and childhood cancer, urging early treatment

Moradabad, [Date] – In a recent conclave held by Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC) in collaboration with IMA Moradabad, experts gathered to address prevalent myths surrounding women and childhood cancers. Dr. Manish Sharma, Dr. Leena Dadhwal, and Dr. Payal Malhotra highlighted the importance of debunking these misconceptions to ensure early detection and prompt treatment.

Painless Lumps Not Always Harmless: Experts Dispel Myths Surrounding Breast Cancer in Women

Dr. Manish Sharma, a Consultant in Medical Oncology at RGCIRC, emphasized that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in urban areas. However, a prevalent myth is that painless lumps in the breast are harmless, leading to delayed medical visits. Dr. Sharma clarified that painless lumps often have a higher probability of being cancerous. It is crucial for women to understand this and promptly seek medical attention. Another myth that needed clarification was the misconception that biopsies cause the spread of cancer, which the experts confirmed to be false.

New Surgeries Offer Hope for Breast Cancer Patients, Preserving Breast Tissue in Majority of Cases

Dr. Leena Dadhwal, a Consultant in Surgical Oncology at RGCIRC, shed light on new breast conservation surgeries. Contrary to the previous belief that breast cancer would inevitably result in the removal of the entire breast, Dr. Dadhwal explained that new surgical techniques can conserve the breasts in approximately 80% of cases by removing only the affected lump. This advancement offers hope and a better quality of life for breast cancer patients.

Childhood Cancer: Highly Curable, but Early Detection is Key

Addressing childhood cancer, Dr. Payal Malhotra, a Consultant in Paediatric Oncology at RGCIRC, stressed the importance of understanding the differences between childhood and adult cancers. Contrary to the misconception that childhood cancer is untreatable, Dr. Malhotra emphasized that it is highly curable. However, early detection plays a vital role. It is crucial to recognize red flag signs and refer children to specialized pediatric cancer centers with multidisciplinary teams. General practitioners have a significant role in identifying these warning signs.

The experts highlighted key risk factors for breast cancer, including family history, old age, hormonal imbalances, early menarche, late menopause, and lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol consumption. They urged women to undergo regular examinations and screenings, especially after the age of 40.

This informative conclave aimed to raise awareness and debunk myths surrounding women and childhood cancers. By dispelling misconceptions and encouraging early treatment, the experts strive to improve patient outcomes and ultimately save lives.

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