The incidence of gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancer was found to be on the rise among men, while breast cancer cases escalated among females in Mumbai, shows a recent report released by diagnostics company, Metropolis Healthcare, India.
The findings were based on the results from 57,052 samples tested for detecting cancer in 2019 at the Metropolis’ Global Reference Laboratory in Mumbai. The study also reported that people of age groups 51-60 and 61-70 showed more positive cancer cases, followed by people in 41-50 years.
According to the data, about 9% (5151) of the total samples were diagnosed with cancer. Out of this, about 3.84% (2191) cases were tested positive in males while 5.17% (2952) of positive cases were of females.
Amongst males, 399 cases were contributed by GI tract cancer, while 366 of them were diagnosed with head and neck cancers and 489 cases with hematolymphoid cancer. Prostate cancer also contributed to a considerable percentage amongst males (293 males).
Among females, the occurrence of breast cancer (1008 females) was reported to be high followed by cancer of the cervix (302 females), GI Tract (342 females) and hematolymphoid cancer (296 females).
|Cancer specialty amongst female and male|
|Cancer specialty||Female||Male||Total Cases||Cancer specialty||Female||Male||Total Cases|
|Bone tumour||1||6||7||Male genital tract||0||8||8|
|Cervix||302||0||302||Pancreatic and billiary||49||32||81|
|Genito urinary tract||8||15||23||Soft tissue tumour||119||123||242|
|Head and Neck||148||366||514||Thyroid||106||33||139|
|Grand Total||2952||2198||5150||Grand Total||2952||2198||5150|
“Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but if it is diagnosed early then it becomes easier to treat. Under doctor’s supervision, or through home-screening, the regular breast screening from the age of 30 onwards would be beneficial,” says Dr. Kirti Chaddha, Sr. Vice President – GRL Operations & Medical Affairs and Sr. Consultant Oncopathologist, MD, PDCC (Oncopath & Oncohemat), Metropolis Healthcare. The benefits of regular exercise, abstinence from smoking and low intake of alcohol were also stressed for preventing the incidence of breast cancer.