A Blood Test Can Detect Breast Cancer in Early Stages

22 Jun, 2022 18:01 IST|Sakshi Post
L – R ): Dr. Trilok Pratap Singh Bhandari, Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Apollo Cancer Centres, Hyderabad, Mr. Dinesh Madhavan, President Group Oncology and International, Apollo Hospital Enterprises Ltd, Dr Prathap Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, Mr Rajan Datar, Founder & Chairman, Datar Cancer Genetics and Dr Sudha S Murthy, Director, Datar Cancer Genetics Ltd were present during the launch of EasyCheck Breast in Hyderabad.

EasyCheck Breast is a giant technological leap in breast-cancer detection

Hyderabad: Committed to continuous investment in the most advanced technologies in cancer care, Apollo Cancer Centres, ranked as the best private cancer hospital in India, in association with Datar Cancer Genetics brings a revolutionary blood test that can detect breast cancers at early stages in asymptomatic individuals with high accuracy, thus enabling timely diagnosis and treatment to save lives.

An increase in the number of breast cancer cases and the social construct associated with discussions of breast cancer has led to one of the most important developments in the history of technological advancement in the field of oncology. Led by the same urge to bring cancer conversations to the forefront, Apollo Cancer Centres, via this launch appeals to the women to get screened in the easiest way via a blood test to gain knowledge about their susceptibility to Breast Cancer. With an easy draw of a small quantity of blood, now, EasyCheck- Breast can help in the detection of breast cancer even before the first stage. The EasyCheck will be available across India on 22nd June at all Apollo Cancer Centres.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Prathap Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, said, “In line with our mission to spread awareness about early detection of cancers and offer world-class cancer treatment, the launch of EasyCheck Breast marks an important success towards quality technological advancements ensuring timely diagnosis and treatment to lower the mortality rate. This association with Datar Cancer Genetics has made a path-breaking achievement and at Apollo Cancer Centres, we are well equipped to diagnose breast cancers with the best in class advancements and treatments. I, humbly, request the caretakers of the family, the women of India, to step out for themselves and make sure to get themselves tested at least once a year to make sure you are safe from breast cancer. From diagnosis to treatment, Apollo Cancer Centres pledges to stand with their patients at all times and give them Tender Loving Care on the road to recovery.”

Speaking about the test, Mr Rajan Datar, Founder & Chairman, Datar Cancer Genetics, said, “Unfortunately, most cancers are detected at advanced stages which necessitate more intensive and expensive treatments which have a greater risk of debilitating side effects and treatment failures. EasyCheck- Breast is the culmination of years of collaborative international research and innovation and has been developed, tested, and validated on population-sized cohorts. A simple blood draw holds the promise of early cancer detection in asymptomatic individuals and opens the possibilities of successful treatments and improved survival.”

On the occasion, Mr. Dinesh Madhavan, President Group Oncology and International, Apollo Hospital Enterprises Ltd said, “With the launch of Easy Check Breast, Apollo Cancer Centres and Datar Genetics is committed to ensure that we diagnose cancer at the earliest and this is the first step in winning over cancer. The late diagnosis of breast cancer remains the sole cause of high mortality rate in women with breast cancer in India. With Easy Check Breast, we address this root cause and make it earlier, easier. “

Dr. Trilok Pratap Singh Bhandari, Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Apollo Cancer Centres, Hyderabad, “Breast cancers in their early stages are easier to treat because they are small and have not spread. We usually recommend getting a regular screening test for women over the age of 40. Although the incidence is increasing, it is a treatable cancer if detected early and treated properly. Unfortunately, in India, women usually seek medical attention when the disease has progressed to an advanced stage. With the 'EasyCheck Breast', we can detect the early stages of cancer with a simple blood draw in conjunction with other screening tools of breast cancer and supplement additional screening. This is an urgent need in an age when breast cancer is on the rise in India.” 

Breast cancer is the most common malignancy among women globally. It has now surpassed lung cancer as the leading cause of global cancer incidence in 2020, with an estimated 2.3 million new cases, representing 11.7% of all cancer cases. Epidemiological studies have shown that the global burden of Breast Cancer is expected to cross almost 2 million by the year 2030. In India, the incidence has increased significantly, almost by 50%, between 1965 and 1985. The estimated number of incident cases in India in 2016 was 118000. As per data, in India, Breast Cancer accounted for 13.5% (178361) of all cancer cases and 10.6% (90408) of all deaths in 2020.

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