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WHAT IS CANCER?

Cancer is the name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the body’s cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues. Some of the known cancers are leukaemia, lymphoma, lung cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer oral cancer and more.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The signs and symptoms will depend on where the cancer is, how big it is, and how much it affects the organs or tissues. If a cancer has spread, signs or symptoms may appear in different parts of the body. The following symptoms may also signal the presence of some types of cancer:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Unexplained loss of weight or loss of appetite
  • Chronic pain in bones or any other areas of the body
  • Persistent fatigue, nausea, or vomiting
  • Persistent low-grade fever, either constant or intermittent
  • Repeated infection

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FACED IN ITS TREATMENT?

  • Lack of resources and infrastructure. According to health ministry data, out of more than 300 cancer centres in India, 40 percent are not adequately equipped with advanced cancer care equipment.
  • Lack of awareness and, therefore, timely diagnosis of cancer.
  • The treatment is long and expensive

WHAT IS ITS INCIDENCE IN INDIA?

With a million new cases being reported every year,cancer seems to be tightening its grip on India. Experts say the incidence of the killer disease is expected to rise five times by 2025. Annually, nearly 500,000 people die of cancer in India. The WHO said this number is expected to rise to 700,000 by 2015. 

WHY IS IT CAUSED?

Cancer is a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. 

  • Certain lifestyle choices like smoking increases the risk of lung cancer
  • Drinking can lead to cancer of the colon, liver and mouth.
  • Being obese can contribute to cancer of kidney, thyroid and gallbladder.
  • If cancer is common in your family, it's possible that mutations are being passed from one generation to the next. 
  • The environment around you may contain harmful chemicals that can increase your risk of cancer. Too much exposure to sun can cause skin cancer.

HOW IS CANCER TREATED?

There are numerous methods used to treat cancer. The aim of any treatment is to remove cancerous cells, making sure the cancer does not return. This can be challenging; even if just one cancerous cell remains after treatment, it has the potential to create a new tumour. Few techniques used to treat cancer are listed below. 

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Monoclonal antibodies

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?

If you see anything unusual about your or your child’s body or any of the possible signs or symptoms of cancer, its important to talk to your doctor.

WHO CARES?

HCRA does! The treatment cost of cancer is approximately Rs 1,50,000 or more depending on the medical situation. The HCRA team endeavours to support the treatment by way of arranging and seeking support from sponsors for radiation, chemotherapy and tumour removal surgery.

NOTE -Information presented here is general and compiled from various sources online. It must not be mistaken as medical advice. Please consult a doctor for details 






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