16 Aug Anemia and cervical cancer – the ‘silent killers’ affecting Indian women
India has been making great advancements in the purge of many severe diseases such as Polio & Small Pox but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Certain conditions like Anaemia do not get the attention that they deserve. Women may be totally unaware that they are suffering from such conditions. Characterized by symptoms, diseases of this nature can go untreated for a long period leading to serious complications or sometimes even death. Want to know more? We have got you covered. Read out the article by a Women cancer specialist in Delhi to know why is anemia linked to cancer?
Anemia is widely widespread amongst Indian women. About 51% of women of reproductive age in India suffering from anemia. It is mainly due to nutritional deficiencies. Women also have to deal with blood loss during their monthly periods which can further reduce their hemoglobin levels. It is prevailing across all over and is a condition that can be easily diagnosed and treated.
Anemia characterized by low blood hemoglobin levels increases the risk of infection, preterm delivery, and suboptimal fetal growth. In early childhood, Anemia can cause recurrent illness, poor performance at school, and failure to participate in physical training and games at school. Anemia can be easily diagnosed by a simple blood test called Complete Blood Count.
Do you know, Cervical Cancer is a leading cause of death from cancer amongst Indian women? It runs parallel to breast cancer in incidence. India alone accounts for one-fourth of the total cervical cancer encumbrance globally. Almost 17% of cancer-related fatalities in women between the ages of 30-65 can be attributed to cervical cancer. The Majority of cervical cancers in India even today are diagnosed at a later stage. However, there is still an opportunity to detect precancerous changes of the cervix at least 15 to 20 years ahead by a simple test known as the Pap smear. Many of you are even not aware of such lifesaving screening tests.
Simple tests such as Pap Smears & Complete Blood Count (CBC) are not only saving the lives of many Indian women but also improving their quality of life. Due to the rapid changes in lifestyles as well as lack of awareness of such diseases, our mothers, sisters and daughters fall victim to these ‘silent killers’.
Dr. Usha M Kumar is women cancer specialist in Delhi holds her expertise in treating and managing conditions requiring Laparoscopy & Hysteroscopy and Gynecological facilities ranging from Care of Pregnancies and Deliveries including High-risk Pregnancy, Infertility Treatment, Cervical Cancer Vaccination, Pap smear, abnormal Uterine Bleeding Pelvic reconstructive surgery, menstrual abnormalities, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, vaginal infections, fibroids, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), etc.