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Easy way to treat breast cancer

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: When 40-year-old S. Jayashree was diagnosed with a breast tumour two months ago, her world came crashing down. Although, the tumour was benign, the thought of an operation to remove the lump had her nervous. "I am scared of hospitals and when I heard this news, I was terrified. I hardly ever go to hospitals because I cannot take the smell of disinfectant," she says. Breast cancer is a common type of cancer to affect women, especially those aged above 35. Each year, 1,82,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,300 die. One woman in eight either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

In India, the genes causing the tumour are aggressive and women get breast cancer a decade before women in the West.

If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95 per cent, says Bapsy, Director of Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology.

She says techniques to treat persons with breast cancer, both malignant and benign, have improved over the years. "Treatments for persons with this type of cancer has advanced and with many persons we do minimally invasive procedures and breast conservation procedures."

Agnes, who performs the Ethicon Endo surgery, says that it is an easy way to remove the cancerous mass without scarring the breast.

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