Short Communication

2019  |  Vol: 5(5)  |  Issue: 5(September- October)  |  https://doi.org/10.31024/ajpp.2019.5.5.29
Barriers leading to treatment delay in breast cancer patients: A demographic survey in speciality government hospital at Kolkata

Nihar Ranjan Pala, Shyamshree S S Mannaa*, Saroj Singhmuraa, Santanu Kumar Tripathib, Subrata Chakrabortya, Jahar Majumdarc

aDr. B. C. Roy College of Pharmacy & AHS, Durgapur, 713206, West Bengal, India

bDeptartment of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata 700073, West Bengal, India

cKPC Medical College, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700026, West Bengal, India

*Corresponding Author

Shyamshree S. S. Manna

Professor (Pharmacology)

Dr. B. C. Roy College of Pharmacy & AHS, Durgapur

Meghnad Saha Sarani, Bidhannagar, Durgapur 713206, West Bengal, India

Abstract

Background: Breast cancer is the most common cause of mortality among women not just worldwide but also in India. The estimated number of incidence of breast cancer cases in India in 2016 was 118 000 and there has been surge in the disease across the states of India and is the leading cancer killer in Indian females. Objective: Unawareness being the criterion for delayed diagnosis and the treatment, the present investigations was carried out to understand the other factors that hinder the process of late diagnosis and treatment. Methods: This study was carried out in a well-known cancer care hospital-Chittaranjan National Cancer  Institute (CNCI) Kolkata, West Bengal, and is  one  of  the 25 Regional Cancer Centres in India. After interview and questionnaire, the data were collected and analyzed. Results: About 1324 patients, both indoor and outdoor patients from rural and urban areas were included in the study. The age of the study participants was ranged between 16 and >75 years. Most of them were not only unaware of breast carcinoma, but suffered from financial constrains, psychological barring, lack of proper infrastructure for diagnosis and treatment in rural areas. Conclusion: This study concluded that the awareness of the breast, alone is not the  utmost important for early detection and in reduction of mortality, but also lack of proper infrastructure for diagnosing and treatment in rural, financial constrains also contributes to late detection.  

Keywords: Breast Self-examination, epidemiological transition level, symptoms, risk factors, mammographic

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