Cervical cancer can be cured with timely detection

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Importance of adequate protection during sexual intercourse should be emphasized

New Delhi, 02 January 2018: Recent statistics indicate that cervical cancer has emerged as the second most common cause of cancer deaths among Indian women aged between 15 and 44 years. On average, India reports about 122,000 new cases of cervical cancer annually, with about 67,500 women succumbing to the disease, accounting for 11.1% of total deaths related to cancer. What exacerbates the condition is that only about 3.1% of the women get screened for this condition in the country, leaving many others vulnerable to it.

Cervical cancer affects the lining of the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. The cells lining the cervix comprises of two types, the squamous or flat cells and the columnar cells. The region in the cervix where there is a transition from one cell type to another is called the squamo-columnar junction. This is the area that is most prone to develop cancer. Cancer of the cervix develops gradually and becomes full-blown over time.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “Cervical cancer is mostly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by longstanding infection with one of the HPVs. HPV infection is spread through sexual contact or skin-to-skin contact. An HPV infection typically resolves on its own. In some women, the HPV infection persists and causes precancerous changes in the cells of the cervix. These changes can be detected by regular cervical cancer screening (known as Pap testing). With Pap testing, a superficial sample of cells from the cervix is taken with a brush or swab during a routine pelvic examination and sent to a laboratory for analysis of the cells’ appearance.”

Some symptoms of cervical cancer include: abnormal vaginal bleeding, vaginal bleeding after menopause or sex, bleeding or spotting between periods, longer or heavier menstrual periods than usual, other abnormal vaginal discharge, and pain during sexual intercourse.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “Cervical cancer can often be prevented with vaccination and modern screening techniques that detect precancerous changes in the cervix.Treatment for cervical cancer depends on several factors, such as the stage of the cancer, other health problems you may have and your preferences. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of the three may be used.”

Some tips to prevent cervical cancer are as follows.

  • Reduce your chances of getting infected with the virus by avoiding sexual contact with multiple partners without adequate protection. condoms.
  • Get a Pap test done every 3 years as timely detection can help in curing this condition.
  • Quit smoking right away. Nicotine and other components found in cigarettes may pass through the blood stream and get deposited in the cervix where they can alter the growth of cervical cells. Smoking can also suppress your immune system making it more susceptible to HPV infections.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Maintain a healthy weight as being overweight or obese increases the risk of insulin resistance, which may lead to type II diabetes and increase the risk of developing cancer

Happy New Year to one and all!

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It is hoped that the new year will be a year of positivity and new milestones for healthcare and the medical fraternity

New Delhi, 31 December 2017: It is that time again when all of us are preparing to bid goodbye to a year gone by and heralding the new year. For some, the year would have entailed good tidings throughout. For others, there may have been ups and downs. However, the arrival of a new year also signals new hope and opportunities. The year gone by was a time of crisis and change for the medical profession as well. The year to come, it is hoped, will bring changes for the better and a bright future for the profession and the fraternity.

From the DillIChalo Movement in June 2017 to a new presidentship for the IMA, a lot happened in the last one year. The goal, ultimately, remains the same – welfare of the medical fraternity and better healthcare for the nation.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “I would, at the outset, like to wish all of you a very happy new year 2018. The year 2017 marked the culmination of my time in office in the IMA. I am grateful to the Almighty for having had the privilege and the honor to lead and serve the IMA. A few days back, I woke up in the middle of the night and it struck me that I was nearing the end of my term. I have a habit of writing my ‘Karma Book’ every night before retiring and first thing in the morning. So, I started looking at my Karma Year 2017 with some inputs from the year 2015/16. And, I asked myself ‘What did I achieve during this year?’ When I looked back at the years gone by, I could pen down the following, which gave me the internal satisfaction of having done something for the medical profession under the given circumstances. These years have enriched me and given me valuable insights into the challenges and goals of the medical profession. I compare these three years in office to doing a ‘PhD in Public Health and Public Administration. I have learnt a lot and I am sure that till I remain alive, I will use the knowledge gained through this experience for the betterment of the society.”

The most marked development in the history of the medical profession perhaps was the approval of the NMC Bill by the central government. However, this is not in the best interests of the fraternity and those who are aspiring to become doctors someday. We continue to strive towards achieving justice, however.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “Friends, I did my best in the given circumstances.  These years have been a period of self-learning. My goals for the coming year include organizing the Perfect Health Mela in a big way in October 2018, as this will be the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the event this year; issuing out public guidelines on health; and implementation of healthcare regulations.”

The New Year should be taken as an opportunity. We all in the very first week should enlist all our desires what we want to achieve in the coming years and make all efforts to achieve the same. Whatever desires stick to the consciousness invariably gets fulfilled. New year’s resolutions are something like sankalp, which have our intents, based on our desires, which needs to be reminded repeatedly to get fulfilled.

Certain foods can exacerbate fibroid symptoms

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Treatment for fibroids depends on the symptoms, the size and location of the fibroids, age, and other factors

New Delhi, 30 December 2017: As per a recent study, women with a common form of hair loss, are at an increased risk of developing non-cancerous tumors that grow along or within the walls of the uterus (uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids). There is a five-fold increased risk of uterine fibroids in women with Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA). CCCA is the most common form of permanent alopecia or baldness especially in women of African origin.

A uterine fibroid is the most common benign (not cancerous) tumor of a woman’s uterus (womb). Fibroids are tumors of the smooth muscle found in the wall of the uterus. They can develop within the uterine wall itself or attach to it. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “Fibroids start in the muscle tissues of the uterus. They can grow into the uterine cavity (submucosal), into the thickness of the uterine wall (intramuscular), or on the surface of the uterus (subsersoal) into the abdominal cavity. Some may occur as pedunculated masses (fibroids growing on a stalk of the uterus).Although these tumors are called fibroids, this term is misleading because they consist of muscle tissue, not fibrous tissue. The medical term for a fibroid is leiomyoma, a type of myoma or mesenchymal tumor. Fibroids grow in response to stimulation by the hormone estrogen, produced naturally in the body. These growths can show up as early as age 20, but tend to shrink after menopause when the body stops producing large amounts of estrogen.”

Some signs and symptoms of fibroid include increase in menstrual bleeding, pressure on the bladder and rectum, pelvic pressure, increase in size around the waist and change in abdominal contour, infertility, and a pelvic mass discovered by a health care practitioner during a physical examination.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “Treatment for fibroids depends on the symptoms, the size and location of the fibroids, age (how close the person is to menopause), the patient’s desire to have children, and the patient’s general health. If no malignancy (cancer) is found, this bleeding often can be controlled by hormonal medications.”

Some foods can exacerbate fibroids and should be avoided. These include the following.

Saturated Fats Foods high in saturated fats should not be consumed by fibroid patients. These fats can raise the estrogen level, which allows fibroids to grow larger.

Red Meat These foods are likely to be high in added hormones, including estrogen. Eat lean white meat for a protein source instead.

High-fat Dairy Products Women with fibroid tumors are encouraged to limit consumption of high-fat dairy products such as whole milk, cream and butter. These products are often high in added hormones.

Caffeine Laden Beverages Beverages containing caffeine are on the list of foods to avoid when you have fibroids on your uterus. Stay away from caffeinated sodas, tea, chocolate and coffee.

Highly Salted Foods Limit the amount of highly salted foods in your diet because they are hard on your liver. The liver is the organ most responsible for removing toxins and balancing hormones.

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