Indian diagnostics stuck with traditional testing methods

According to studies, almost 70 percent of the breast cancer patients do not need chemotherapy

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Way too old school? (Photo Courtesy: www.accelrys.com)

A great need exists for better molecular characterization of tumor tissues in aiding oncology decision-making process, facilitating treatment selection, and improving outcomes.

According to GLOBOCAN ‘s 2012 statistics, breast cancer is a major public health issue and is the leading cause of cancer mortality among women.

Globally, it is estimated that over 522,000 women died due to breast cancer in 2012, of which more than 70,000 were from India alone.

Breast cancer constitutes 22 percent of female cancer deaths in India.

The pattern of breast cancer in India is quite disturbing, and the higher mortality is attributed to the non-availability of screening program.

As a result, more than 45 percent of the breast cancer cases are detected at an advanced stage.

 

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