Need for better cancer research highlighted

Modern lifestyles and erratic food habits are causing more women to fall prey to life-threatening diseases like breast cancer, said Dr D Raviprakash, director of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.

Published: 12th October 2013 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2013 11:17 AM   |  A+A-

Modern lifestyles and erratic food habits are causing more women to fall prey to life-threatening diseases like breast cancer, said Dr D Raviprakash, director of the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.

Speaking at an international symposium on ‘Multidisciplinary Approaches to Breast Lesions’ on Friday, he said, “Cancer does not distinguish between men and women. Cervical and breast cancers are both diseases that are spreading among women, especially in urban settings.”

Dr Raviprakash said along with finding advanced treatment for cancer, it is also essential to conduct high-level research to discover drugs that can completely eliminate cancerous cells and lesions.

Dr M Vijaykumar, director, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, said AIDS and cancer are both fatal diseases that are prevalent in society. “But if those affected are willing to fight these diseases back, there is definitely a way out for them,” he said.

Dr M Vijaykumar said cancer is caused mainly due to drinking and smoking. “Cancer is also caused due to genetic reasons. Women must seek medical help and get timely diagnosis and treatment,” he added.

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