Mumbai : Over two lakh women in India face the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer every year over the next decade, according to a study here.
It is estimated that the number of fresh cases of breast cancer in India will increase from the current 1,45,000 to around 2,14,000 per year over the next ten or more years.
Breast cancer is an unforgiving disease that reportedly kills more than five lakh women every year across the globe.
According to Globocan data (International Agency for Research on Cancer), India is on top of the table with 1.85 million years of healthy life lost due to breast cancer.
‘Healthy life lost’ is defined by years lost due to premature death and being incapacitated by the effects of breast cancer.
The study said that breast cancer risk can be significantly decreased by maintaining optimal vitamin D levels. Breast cancer and the likelihood of developing it is not an inevitable risk dictated purely by chance, as latest science on the subject reveals that vitamin D deficiency may be a major causative factor in breast cancer development.