Not just sexual violence, the Indian woman is also battling a growing prevalence of cancer and lifestyle-related diseases with about 40 per cent of new cases of cancer in the country afflicting women.

According to Apollo Hospital senior consultant breast surgeon Dr. Sidharth Sahni, breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer during the past decade as the most common cancer among women in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi. “India has the highest rate of cervical cancer in the world. One in every 10 cancer deaths worldwide is in urban India. What’s more alarming is that 75-80 per cent of patients are in advanced stages of the disease at the time of diagnosis,” he added while speaking at a conference on “Women Health and Empowerment” organised at Indian Medical Association here.

Two new websites –www.feminalive.comandwww.sehatlive.com-- were launched on the occasion.

Apollo Hospital senior consultant surgeon (minimal access surgery) Dr. Arun Prasad said: “Obesity is rapidly becoming a disease that cannot be ignored. It is no longer a problem of good looks, but one of the leading causes of diseases including blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks, cancer, ovarian disease, sleep apnoea, joint and backache. It is not merely a result of overeating but has many contributory factors to it.”