Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

DECADE OF BREAST CANCER- TRENDS IN PATIENTS PROFILES ATTENDING TERTIARY CANCER CARE CENTER IN SOUTH INDIA

Author

Shivaprakash V. Hiremath 1 , Bhushan B. Kulkarni 1 , Basavaraj R. Patil 2 , Umesh R. Hallikeri 2

Institution

1 Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, KLE Society’s P.C. Jabin Science College, Hubli, India
2 Karnataka Cancer Therapy and Research Institute, Navanagar, Hubli, India

Abstract

Objectives: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and India among women. Its effective control depends upon sufficient knowledge about its epidemiology at the regional as well as global levels. We carried out this study in order to know the socio-demographic and risk factors of breast cancer patients presenting to a tertiary care hospital.

Methods: The record based descriptive epidemiological data pertaining to demography and risk factors for carcinoma breast for period of 2001-10 were analyzed retrospectively in patients presenting to a tertiary care hospital situated in North Karnataka in South India. A total lot 1829 cases were found. The data of 1488 patients, who had a regular follow-up, was retrieved and analyzed.

Results: Mean age (49.16) was found to be lower compared to the cancer patients of western world. Age distribution showed maximum number of patients (34.21%) in the age group of 41-50. A majority of the patients were from a rural background (62%). Familial breast cancer was uncommon. The most common histology was infiltrating duct carcinoma.

Conclusion: The findings show that breast cancer control efforts and recommendations in different parts of the world have to be tailored to the regional epidemiological patterns. The spectrum of cancer epidemiology observed in developing countries like India is different from that in developed countries. More emphasis should be placed on better development of regional and national registries.