- Prostate cancer has risen to become the second most common cancer in urban population in India , especially in cities like Delhi , Pune , and Bengaluru , up from fourth place a few years ago
- More than 300 doctors specializing in uro – oncology are attending SOGOCON 2022 in Bengaluru , the first ever annual conference of the Society of Genitourinary Oncologists
- Uro – oncology deals with cancers of the urinary tract such as of prostate , bladder and kidney , and male reproductive organs including penis and testicles
BENGALURU / August 27 , 2022 – The prevalence of urinary tract cancers is increasing in India year by year , and these today account for 15-20 % of all cancers in the country , with men much more commonly affected than women . Prostate cancer has risen to become the second most common cancer in urban populations , especially in cities like Delhi , Pune , and Bengaluru , up from fourth place a few years ago . This was said by uro – oncology experts participating in the ongoing SOGOCON 2022 , the first ever annual conference of the Society of Genitourinary Oncologists ( SOGO ) .
The three – day event , the first – of – its – kind in India , is meant to promote the practice of uro – oncology which deals with cancers of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs . More than 300 doctors from all over the country and abroad are attending the Conference which is being organized by SOGO in association with the Global Health Academy ( GHA ) .
Said Dr. Raghunath SK , HCG Cancer Hospital , Bengaluru Organizing Secretary , SOGOCON 2022 ” In contrast to other cancers , prostate cancer is unique . it is more common in urban populations than rural , and its incidence among people living in cities is increasing further . Mortality is high , with 65 % of all patients detected with prostate cancer in India dying due to the disease . In countries like Australia and the US , this figure is only 12 % . The reason is that we are detecting prostrate cancer at a very late state because of lack of awareness . Cancers of the urinary tract are increasing in India because of lifestyle , the kind of food we eat , stress , pollution , lack of exercise and working late hours , along with exposure to chemicals . This , with late diagnosis , makes the situation much worse for Indians in terms of morbidity and mortality . ”
Said Dr Shekar Patil , HCG Cancer Hospital , Bengaluru Chairman SOGOCON 2022 ” We can reduce mortality and morbidity by various means by creating awareness amongst the masses . The government should partner with hospitals to create awareness and promoting early detection through regular health screening . When doctors operate on prostate cancer in early stage , the associated morbidity and mortality are much less . Luckily , we have all advanced treatment options available in India for cancers of the urinary tract , including advanced chemotherapy , robotic surgery and radiation facilities . However , the challenge is to make this technology and treatment affordable to Indian patients , as most of them do not have health insurance and have to bear the cost themselves . If this part is taken care of , then we have all the latest technology and skilled doctors for treatment . Robotic surgery especially is a boon which significantly reduces morbidity and gives very good functional results . ”
SOGOCON has created a national platform to bring together uro – oncology professionals in India for education , training , collaboration , and research with the goal of improving holistic patient care in this field of medical science which deals with cancers of the urinary tract such as of prostate , bladder and kidney , and male reproductive organs including penis and testicles . The event is hosting lectures , case – based discussions , panel discussions , and debates covering all aspects of urological malignancies . Workshops and live surgeries are being broadcasted from four hospitals in Bengaluru , including HCG Cancer Hospital Bengaluru , Manipal Hospital , Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Centre , and MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital .
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