Major regional disparity in overcoming cancer though survival rates are up study
Based on data from the Population-Based Cancer Registries across India, a study published in The Lancet Regional Health Southeast Asia found that over 52% of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer between 2012 and 2015 survived.
Overall Survival Rate:
According to the study, 52% of Indian patients with cervical cancer were alive at the end of the study period. When compared to the 46% survival rate found in the SurvCan survey-3, this indicates an improvement of about 6%.
The survival rates in India’s various regions varied significantly. Notably, with a survival rate of 61.5%, the Ahmedabad urban register led the way, followed by Thiruvananthapuram (58.8%) and Kollam (56.1%). Tripura, on the other hand, gave a lower survival rate of 31.6%. This suggests that there are regional differences in survival rates.
Factors Influencing Survival Rates:
The study identified several factors that influenced the survival rates of cervical cancer patients in India. These factors included:
- Access to diagnostic services: Availability of early detection and diagnostic services plays a crucial role in improving survival rates.
- Effective treatment: Access to effective treatments and medical interventions is essential for better outcomes.
- Distance from clinical care facilities: Proximity to healthcare facilities is important, as longer distances may lead to delays in seeking treatment.
- Travel costs: The financial burden of traveling to healthcare facilities can affect a patient’s ability to access treatment.
- Co-morbidities: The presence of other medical conditions (co-morbidities) may impact the overall health and response to cancer treatment.
- Poverty: Socioeconomic factors, including poverty, can limit a patient’s ability to access healthcare services.
Overall, the study emphasizes how critical it is to address regional differences in survival rates and enhance cervical cancer patients’ access to healthcare, early detection, and efficient treatment in India. It emphasizes the necessity of all-encompassing initiatives to lower the incidence of cervical cancer and enhance patient outcomes, particularly in underprivileged areas.