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World Cancer Day 2014: Genetic breast cancer testing comes to India
Some believe cancer is incurable, quite a few think it is contagious and many others feel it can be caused by hair-dyes and anti-perspirants, these are few myths associated with cancer. The World Cancer Day 2014 ( February 4) will focus on reducing stigma and dispel myths about cancer, under the tag-line 'Debunk the myths'.

India has more than three million cancer patients, and these figures represents our understanding about the disease. One of the biggest myth in India about cancer is that, 'cancer is incurable', whereas doctors says that, 'cancer is the most curable of all chronic diseases'. With such misconceptions about cancer, it seems to be tightening its grip in India.

Quest Diagnostics the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced the availability of BRCAvantage a suite of lab-developed genetic tests (LDT) that identify mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are associated with increased risk of inherited breast and ovarian cancers. The test offering in India follows Quest’s introduction of BRCAvantage to the United States in October 2013, and expands on the company’s goal to provide a wider menu of advanced cancer services in India.

Experts says that the incidence of cancer are growing at a very fast pace in India, and it is expected to raise by five folds by 2025. Cancer is becoming one of the leading cause of death in India. The most common types of cancer in men are lung and oral cancers whereas in women cervix and breast cancer cases are reported more, as reported by health.india.com.

According to a data given by ministry of health, out of more than 300 cancer centers in India, 40 percent are not adequately equipped with advanced cancer care equipment. India will need at least 600 additional cancer care centers by 2020 to meet the requirements.

Ignorance among the public, and delayed diagnosis of the disease is making it a killer disease. However, the fact remains that if cancer is detected in its early stages, it can be treated and an individual can lead a healthy life.

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