VG Hospital Offers Triple Assessment Protocol For Analysis of Breast Diseases

Globally breast carcinoma is the leading cause of cancer related death in women worldwide. With the approach of world cancer day on February 4th, I think there cannot be a more significant time to express the importance for early detection and follow up in breast cancer. The Cancer Statistics Report, National Cancer Registry Programme, India for the year 2020, showed that majority of patients with cancer were diagnosed to have locally advanced/locoregional (57.0%) cancer of breast. Over 50% breast cancer patients in India were found to present with stages 3 and 4 disease and the overall 5 year survival for breast cancer patients in India was found to be only 66%.
The highest burden of breast cancer was observed in metropolitan cities. Local, cultural factors and lifestyle choices may have contributed to the heterogeneity in cancer incidence pattern in India. There is an increase in the trend of incidence of breast cancer, whereas cancer of cervix uteri was found to be on the decline.
It is vital that any women above 20years of age should be educated on how to perform a self-examination of both her breast and axilla in the following manner:
1) In sitting position
2) Using the palmar surface of the fingers to examine the opposite breast
3) Use the same hand to examine the opposite axilla, after raising the hand on the opposite side.
4) Repeat the same for the opposite breast and axilla.
The patient should be advised to feel for pain or alump in the region of the breast including the nipple, areola and axilla, look out for any skin changes like change in skin colour, ulcer, orange peel like appearance and nipple discharge. This not only aids in early detection of lesions, but also allows the patient to be involved in her own medical care.
The importance of a yearly doctor’s visit, examination, and mammography for women above 40 years of age and even earlier from 25 years of age itself for women with a family history of breastcancer cannot be stressed upon enough. The frequency of clinical examination and mammography will vary depending on the risk factors associated with the patient. In India, though the presentation of breast cancer is more in advanced stages, many of patients who are of operable stage and undergo surgery are lost in follow up. Patients need to counselled regarding the importance of chemotherapy and follow-up post-surgery for any malignancy.
The ultimate goal of spreading awareness and increased screening for breast cancer is to reduced the mortality from the disease. At V.G Hospital we follow the triple assessment protocol for analysis of all breast diseases.We offer a comprehensive approach to management of both benign and malignant breast diseases. Also their specialties include Gastroenterology, general surgery, gynaecology, neurology, tumour, ortho & spine surgery, vascular surgery, endo-urology, nephrology & dialysis, onco surgery and medical oncology with facilities such as advanced laparoscopic surgery centre, well equipped operation theatre complex with hepa filters, 24 hours casualty with minor OT, specialized trauma care, whole body CT scan, digital X-ray, TMT & echo, 4D ultrasonography, 24 hours computerized digital laboratory and microbiology, well equipped dialysis unit, physiotherapy and rehabilitation and 24 hours pharmacy. For queries contact Dr.Nandini V, MS (Gen Surgery)., DIP MIS IRCAD (FRANCE)., Post Doctoral Fellow in Minimal Access Surgery (MGR Medical University)., Laser Proctology., Breast diseases & GI Surgery., 0422-4226777, 2642772 also consultant at Womens center by motherhood 0422-4201000.

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