GUWAHATI, Sept 3: Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati as part of year-long celebration of Academic Excellence organized a semir in Oncology at Tezpur Medical College on Friday, a press release said. During the semir, Dr. N. C. Bhattacharyya, Principal, Tezpur Medical College was presented ‘Award of Excellence in Medicine’ by Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute in recognition of his contribution in the field of medical science.
During the semir, Dr. B. K. Das, Professor & Head, Department of Surgical Oncology, BBCI highlighted various aspects of magement of cancer of the breast. In India, about 1,25,000 breast cancers are detected every year. At Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute alone, about 500 new breast cancer patients are seen every year. Breast cancer is ameble for early detection through regular self examition of breast, clinical examition by physician once in a year and mammography in women over 40 years every two years upto 50 years and every year above 50 years. The important risk factors for breast cancer are late marriage, late child birth, obesity, sedentary life style and lack of breast feeding. Only 5-10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary. Almost 80% of the breast cancer can be cured completely in the first stage. Unfortutely, because of illiteracy, ignorance, poverty and myths associated with cancer, many patients present in fairly advanced stage.
Dr A C Kataki, Director, BBCI in his opening remarks stated that 80% of Indian population lives in rural India where incidence is half of the urban population. In spite of this, mortality due to cancer is double than the urban population. This is due to the fact that 90% of cancer treatment facilities are located in metropolitan cities.
Dr N C Bhattacharyya in his speech appreciated the initiative of Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute to organise a semir in Oncology at Tezpur Medical College. He further stated that Oncology Wing will be set up in all medical colleges of Assam.