Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh is the Director of Surgical Oncology in Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune and is also the founder of Indrayani Hospital and Cancer Institute in Alandi, Pune, which is a charitable hospital for cancer treatments.
HappyAging met Dr. Deshmukh to discuss the Cancer scenario in the country.
Dr. Deshmukh says that around 8-10L new cases are diagnosed every year with cancer with lung cancer found common in men and breast and cervical cancer found to be common in women. However, he says that with increasing awareness in the urban population, the rate of cervical cancer in the urban areas has reduced as compared to the rural areas.
On asking about common cancer screening tests recommended to 50 plus population, he said that colo-rectal or intestine cancer is very common in older adults and hence colonoscopy and occult blood tests should be done after the age of 50.
For men, he recommends that for those who consume tobacco, oral cancers are very common, for which one must get an examination through an ENT surgeon. For smokers, Dr. Deshmukh suggests a CT scan as Lung cancer is again a common problem among smokers. Another cancer that is said to be common in men is prostate cancer, which is treatable.
Among women, breast self-examination is recommended along with mammography test after the age of 50 to detect breast cancer.
Dr. Deshmukh also throws light on the cost of the various new treatments that have come for cancer and the government schemes like Mahatma Phule Jan Arogya Yojna that one can avail to get subsidized treatments.
However, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh expressed disappointment over the fact that not much has been done for the aging population in terms of schemes and affordability of treatments for them as with inflating cost of treatments, the older generation may not be prepared in terms of funds. He urges system and other stakeholders to do something about it.
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