Cancer scare in Pulwama village as another woman dies

Srinagar: The death of a woman  from   cancer, the second in a week,  in Lehjura village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has further panicked the locals, even as Health officials Thursday urged for calm.
A 40-year-old woman (name withheld) died Wednesday at the SKIMS here, where she was undergoing treatment, officials said. The doctors were treating her for second stage of the deadly disease. Earlier, she had also been treated upon by the doctors at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. When her body was brought to her home, a pall of gloom descended in the area. Anguish and despair was writ large on the faces of the people who witnessed the second death in the past few days caused by the deadly disease.
Three more women are undergoing treatment for breast and ovarian cancers, the officials said.
“The woman was in second phase of breast cancer. There were chances of recovery had the disease been detected at the first phase. Treatment on detection assures speedy recovery. Even if both the breasts of a patient are removed, she can lead a normal life,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Pulwama, Mohammad Hussain told Kashmir Reader.
He said the Health Department had dispatched teams of doctors to the area on the recommendations of Block Medical Officer (BMO), Pulwama who had visited the area and assessed the situation.
“We had sent teams of doctors to the area to create awareness among the women panicked by two cancer deaths. The doctors informed the women how they can do self-examination without the help of doctors. Health education can help clear their misconceptions,” he said.
Hussain said the women should not panic and instead take immediate measures if they find a small cyst on their breasts. He said breast cancer causes painless swelling which women don’t take seriously.
“Prevention is better than cure. We don’t have facilities for these diseases at the district hospitals. However, treatment is available at SMHS Hospital and SKIMS. The women should instantly visit the hospitals if they observe symptoms of the disease,” he added.