A 72-year-old female with a frozen shoulder and weighing around 115kg was detected with stage II breast cancer. The lump was found on the right breast where she had frozen shoulder. According to a recent report published by National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP), the number of cancer cases is likely to increase from13.9 lakh in 2020 to 15.7 lakh by 2025, an increase of nearly 20%. However, the one good thing is that at least one-third of common cancers are preventable.
Dr. Meghal Sanghavi, Consultant Onco Surgeon at Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central said, “This case was extremely crucial and severe as the woman was obese and had frozen shoulder on the same side of the lump. But since the cancer was at the II stage the operation was planned immediately to avoid further complications. The radiation was completely averted and only hormone therapy was given to the patient.
Ira Rodrigues (the patient 72 years old) said, “I was shocked when I was detected with breast cancer. The other worry was my frozen shoulder which I was suffering from. I was lucky to be diagnosed at an early stage. The doctor’s confidence brought down all my fears. Instead of chemotherapy or radiation, I have been put on hormone therapy which is an oral tablet. I urge people to do a self-examination of the breast and if a lump is found one must visit the oncologist on an urgent basis. Early detection helps in improving chances of successful treatment outcomes.”
The factors that increase the risk of breast cancer are lack of exercise, alcohol, weight gain, hormone replacement therapy, family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Early menarche and late menopause are also risk factors for breast cancer. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer.