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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:12 AM IST

Indore: ‘Overuse of pesticides in farming reason behind increasing cancer cases in rural areas’

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Case 1
Pavitra Singh, resident of Talawali village and her family were in shock when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. She was hit by a double whammy when she was diagnosed with blood cancer too while undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

However, she didn’t lose hope to live and struggled the tough time with a smile on her face. Her family members too supported her in her ordeal and helped her to come out of the dangers of the deadly diseases.

“I was afraid initially when doctors told me than something has happened to me. My family, especially my husband, stood by my side and supported me in every hard time to get rid of both the diseases,” Pavitra said. She is living a healthy life now and motivating others too for fighting the deadly disease.

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Case 2
Sangeeta Uppal, principal in a private school, had to face the biggest twist in her life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.

“It was my re-birth as my prospect to look at life changed totally. However, the best part was that my husband kept negative people including many relatives away from me which helped me to give a fight to the disease and to get rid of it totally,” Uppal said.

She is now counselling cancer patients and more than 100 patients have got hope after meeting her.
walk organised With an aim to spread awareness among people about breast cancer, Choithram Hospital and Research Centre organised a walk by breast cancer survivors and their family members in the hospital campus on Thursday.

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Addressing programme, oncologist Dr Suruchi Singh said that the cases of breast cancer have been increasing in rural areas as well due to overuse of pesticides in irrigation. “We have been witnessing large number of patients from rural areas due to the same fact. Sedentary lifestyle in rural areas is also one of the reasons but the positive part is that families in rural areas are more supportive to patients than the families in urban areas,” Dr Singh said.

Deputy Director (health services) of the hospital Dr Amit Bhatt said they have made a club of breast cancer survivors “Aparajita” in which all the patients and doctors share their experience and ways of treatment which help them in being motivated to give a fight to the disease.

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Published on: Friday, October 26, 2018, 08:20 AM IST
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