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FOUR AND HALF A HUNDRED WOMEN SCREENED POSITIVE FOR HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS, A CAUSATIVE AGENT FOR CERVICAL CANCER

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14 Mar, 19 10:34
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FOUR AND HALF A HUNDRED WOMEN SCREENED POSITIVE FOR HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS, A CAUSATIVE AGENT FOR CERVICAL CANCER

Udaipur: World Health Organization has associated responsibility of the screening of cervical cancer in the state to the GBH Memorial Cancer Hospital. In the project cervical cancer in women will be detected early and it will curb the development of cancer and associated mortality. In its pilot project, GBH American Hospital has screened eight thousand women, out of which four hundred and a half women found to have positive for Human Papilloma Virus, a causative agent for CERVICAL CANCER. All these women are further assessed for precancerous changes for cervical cancer and treated free of cost.

This information was given by Dr. Manoj U Mahajan, Director of Medical Oncology and Project Director of GBH Memorial Cancer Hospital, in the press conference. 

Dr. Mahajan said that every year about 1.25 lakh women are getting cervical cancer in the country from 30 to 60 years of age. There is no cure in the third and fourth stage of this cancer. Every year nearly 70000 women die prematurely due to this dreadful cancer which is 100 % preventable if we start screening at the appropriate age. 

The biggest reason pointed out in the survey is the lack of awareness among women. Following the responsibilities given by WHO, GBH Memorial Cancer Hospital has trained ten community health workers on its own level.

They had been trained to explain participants themselves to take samples for testing human papillomaviruses inside their home premises. They are now working for awareness of common cancers by outreaching women and men in rural and tribal areas of Udaipur District. With the ease of use of this kit, women with negative reports do not have the risk of developing cervical cancer for the next five to ten years. 

Among women with positive reports, OPD based treatment is possible with colposcopic guided treatment. Ten women selected in the Pilot project have saved the lives of these women by preventing/ early detection of this cancer.

Greater deaths than the maternal mortality rate of cervix cancer

WHO's Dr. Parth Basu said that the WHO had given the pilot project to complete it in two years in different countries of Europe and Asia. GBH Memorial Cancer Hospital is the first institute amongst all who completed the project in just eight months. 

Mortality in women is higher in cervix cancer than maternal mortality. We need to proactively implement with government authorities existing screening programmes. For prevention of cervical cancer, all girls between 09 to 26 years must receive HPV vaccines and all women between 30 to 60 years of age should undergo HPV screening test and colposcopy if required. 

Cancer Specialist in GBH -

Dr. Anand Jha, the group director of GBH, told that GBH group chairman Dr. Kirti Jain, a cancer specialist in the USA has established GBH Memorial Cancer Hospital for complete cancer treatment of all types of cancer under one roof for people of Mewar. Dr. Manoj U Mahajan is a Medical Oncologist in GBH Memorial Cancer Hospital, is also leading this project. For the treatment of different cancers, surgical oncologist Dr. Quresh Bambora, radiation oncologist Dr. Mamta Lodha, interventional radiologist Dr. Bharat Gupta, Neuro oncosurgeon Dr. Ajit Singh, onco Pathologist Dr. Pawan Nikhara, Dr. Kavita Nikhra are involved for comprehensive care for cancer patients. Group Director Medical Services Dr. Dinesh Sharma was also present in the press conference.

 


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