Cervical cancer has more rural victims

For every one lakh women in the state, 20 are diagnosed with cervical cancer. The figures may not be shocking but doctors are seeing a pattern in the dreaded disease — rural women are more prone than their urban counterparts. Cervical cancer — a type of cancer which occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix (lower part of the uterus) — hits women in the age group of late 20s to early 40s.

“Hygiene factor and lifestyle are two key reasons behind rural women being more vulnerable to this form of the ailment. Good news is that rate of cervical cancer is slowly going down in India,” says Dr Moni Kurikose, director of surgical oncology, at the Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center. Read more…

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