Bhubaneswar: Breast cancer has ranked as number one cancer among the Indian women with age adjusted rate as high as 25.8 per 1,00,000 women and mortality 12.7% per 1,00,000 women. Mortality to incident ratio was found to be as high as 66 in rural registeries and as low as 8 in urban registeries. There are multiple reasons for late detection including lack of awareness, shyness, social stigma, and ignorance at primary and secondary health care level. Early detection is the best choice for reducing of mortality.

This was what discussed at the Odisha Regional Round Table meeting which brought together key policy makers and healthcare providers at State level.

The Round Table, organised by the Bhubaneswar chapter of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in association with the Novartis and Odisha government’s health department, here on Wednesday, deliberated on how to take breast cancer management forward.

The Odisha health minister, Naba Kishore Das, inaugurated the Round Table in the presence of CII Odisha State Council vice chairman Pradipta Mohanty, Head Patient Advocacy, Policy and Communication Novartis, Prahbhat Kumar Sinha, engagement manager IQVIA, Satya Agarwal, senior oncologist Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar, adviser to State government health department Dr. RR Satpathy and unit head of AMRI Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Dr Anuj Tiwari.