Vol - 28, Issue - 09
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-06-10-2021-975
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Abstract : Carcinoma of the Breast is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in females worldwide. The annual age-standardized incidence rate of BC worldwide in 2012 was 43.1/100,000 women and 25.8/100,000 in India [1]. Breast cancer has emerged as a multifactorial disease [2]. In our country especially, low socio-economic status, lack of medical facilities, poor living conditions, low educational status and many other factors impede women from getting medical care earlier and thereby influence the morbidity and mortality associated with carcinoma breast. The purpose of this study is to highlight a strong association between various socioeconomic and epidemiological factors and a delay in diagnosis and treatment of the disease. This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research centre located in Pimpri, Pune between May 2020 to June 2021. Socioeconomic Status, Educational status are important variables in breast cancer stage at diagnosis. Also, increasing the awareness amongst women about this disorder in order to sooner diagnosis is notable. There were some limitations in this study. In our country where women form the backbone of most families especially in rural setup - it is imperative to make reforms to overcome these socio-demographic factors described in this study as well as others not mentioned thereby increasing their chances to fight this disease and reduce the consequent mortality. Therefore, socioeconomic status should be focused to promote knowledge in relation to breast cancer stage at diagnosis in the general population especially in developing countries like India.

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