“What is even more worrying is that, when compared to the West, where breast cancer occurs most frequently after 50 years, in India, breast cancer occurs at least a decade earlier, including those between 40-50 years of age. The peak incidence of breast cancer occurs in young women. More than 70 percent is present in advanced stages,” said Ram, director of the KIMS-Ushalaxmi Center for Breast Disease.
In his address at the 10th Annual Conference of The Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSICON 2022) inaugurated by Dr Karunakar Reddy, Vice Chancellor, KNR University of Health Sciences, Ram said that since breast cancer cannot be prevented, there is a need to fight. is the only way. The disease is through early detection.
The government should focus on creating greater awareness of the importance of early detection while addressing the “taboo” issue surrounding the disease, especially in rural India where more than 70 percent of the population resides. Apart from streamlining the pan-India implementation, he said that population based breast cancer screening program is already working under National Health Mission.
Ram said that the Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI) should play a major role in developing the concept of Breast Care Nurses, who will play a vital role in supporting, comforting and reassuring patients and their relatives.
“I look forward to seeing ABSI grow into a truly multidisciplinary organization, consisting of breast radiologists and breast pathologists who are, in fact, eyes and ears for a breast surgeon,” he said.
ABSI represents general surgeons, surgical oncologists and plastic surgeons and has rapidly grown to be the voice of surgeons across India practicing the art and science of breast surgery.
For the first time, ABSI is partnering with the Breast Imaging Society of India (BISI), representing the Association of Breast Surgery and Radiologists in the UK (ABS UK).
Ram, who is the chairman of the organizing committee for ABSICON 2022, said that a conscious effort has been made to bring the three associations on a single platform to emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary care in the evaluation and management of breast cancer.
Dr. SP Somashekar, Chairman, ABSI lauded Ram for his outstanding leadership role since the inception of ABSI. “Most of the breast cancer surgeries in the country are performed by general surgeons. I am also proud of the various initiatives implemented by the association to improve the knowledge and skill set of surgeons through the implementation of ABSI training modules, especially across India. To fund bright young surgeons to train in world-renowned centers of excellence in the UK.”
Karunakar Reddy said he was delighted to learn that the three-day conference will discuss best evidence-based practice guidelines covering every aspect of breast cancer care, advocacy, early detection and benign non-cancerous breast health issues. will be discussed.
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