Vimla is a 54-year-old women residing in Mumbai with her husband and 3 children. Her husband is a CML cancer survivor and two of her sons are the breadwinners in the family. With meagre income, they have difficult time in sustaining the family, let alone pay for medical bills. In June 2021 Vimla noticed a lump in the right breast. After further diagnosis and PET scan it was concluded that she had Breast Cancer.
She underwent mastectomy at Mumbai Oncocare Centre (MOC) and the cost of the surgery was Rs. 1,50,000/-. In order to prevent reoccurrence of cancer, she has to undergo a total of 8 chemotherapy cycles of which 3 cycles have been completed. Each chemotherapy cycle costs Rs. 30,000/- and the cost of the remaining 5 chemotherapy cycles is Rs. 1,50,000/-, which is difficult for her family to afford.
Rakesh is a 75-year-old man living in Malad with his family. He is diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer (a stage IV cancer) which has spread to other organs. He also has acute renal failure and requires surgery for insertion of stents in both his kidneys. He is being treated at Surana Hospital and Research Center in Malad. The total expense for his treatment is Rs. 5 Lakhs inclusive of costs of surgery and life-saving drugs. The cost of chemotherapy drug is Rs. 13000/ per month and Rakesh needs to take it life-long. Rakesh’s family has meagre income and it is difficult for them to complete the treatment.
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United Way India and Cargill India are collaborating to support the fight against breast cancer and prostate cancer
Breast cancer accounts for 14% of cancers among women in India. It is reported that every four minutes, an Indian woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer cases within the urban India, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, accounts for 25% to 32% of all female cancers. The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer in India is mere 66% while in USA it is 90%. Early detection and treatment may ensure 100% -93% survival rate.
Prostate cancer is the 12th most common cancer in India and 6th most common cancer among Indian Men. It usually affects the age group of 65+. However, recently there has been an increase in reports of prostate cancer among younger generation, age 35-44 and 55-64 residing at metropolitan cities. As per the report released by Globo can, India registered about 35,000 prostate cancer cases in 2020, expected to rise in future due to various lifestyle factors.
Early detection of cancer results in lower treatment costs, better prognosis, and higher survival rate.
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This initiative is voluntary and it is left to the discretion ofthe individual whether or not to participate.