Cancer strikes women more than men, reveals a study conducted by Pune’s Jupiter Hospital on 6000 cancer patients between 2011 and 2018.
The study was conducted by Radiation Oncologist, Dr Manish Chandra from Jupiter Hospital.
The patients covered by the study hailed from Mumbai and Pune and had undergone radiation therapy at the hospital. The study found 55 per cent women diagnosed with cancer as compared to 45 percent men.
The study revealed that of all the cancers in women, the incidence of breast cancer was the highest at 21% while gynecological cancer accounted for 15% cases in women.
The study further found a trend of breast cancer incidence starting at an early age as 19.9% patients diagnosed with the condition were below the age of 40 years.
It was found the incidence of head and neck cancers at 32% - men and women constituting 77% and 23% respectively. The higher prevalence of cancer was in the age group of 41 to 60 years, women and men accounting for 1849 and 1220 cases respectively.
Dr Chandra pointed out that this trend is extremely worrying because 41-60 years is a productive period when each patient plays a crucial role in securing his or her family’s future. So, the impact is felt by the entire family, not just the victim.
Dr Chandra added that the study helps to understand the trend better and evolve strategies to come up with specific plans suiting patient population in areas from where they were drawn for this survey.
It is a known fact that cervical cancers have shown an overall decline across the globe. However, of the 15% gynec patients in the survey, 637 were diagnosed with cervix cancer while 178 had cancer in the endometrium.
As for lung cancer, of the total number of patients, males and females accounted for 64% and 36% respectively.