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A Sociological Study on the Women Cancer Patients in Bangalore City, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Dos in Sociology, University of Mysore, Mysore, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 8-13, July,14 (2013)

Abstract

Though, India made considerable progress in social, economic, cultural and political arenas in recent decades, while, it lagged behind in improving women health, particularly the women cancer patients. In 2010 there were 5,17,378 women cancer patients in India and it gradually increased on 2011 and 2012. But the efforts governmental agencies made to provide the desirable treatment yielded no results. In this context the present study was placed and which aimed at analyzing the conditions of women cancer patients and also to find out the causal factors for different types of cancer disease among them in Bangalore city. For the said purpose the secondary data has been collected from 25 major hospitals in Bangalore city. The major findings of the study show that the prevalence of cancer diseases among women is more comparing to men in Bangalore city. Cervix cancer (28.2%) and Breast cancer (16.4%) constitute for more number of women cancer patients among the major 10 types of cancer diseases. When the educational levels among women for particular type of cancer are considered, the percentage of illiterates were more in Oral Cavity cancer (89.1%), Pharynx cancer (65.7%), Oesophagus cancer (75.9%) compared to Breast cancer (55%) and Ovary cancer (56.3%). In general, it is also evident that the majority, 68% of the women cancer patients were illiterates and it proves that the lack of education is being the sole and major reason for the existence of cancer disease among women. The findings of the study help to understand the conditions of the women cancer patients particularly in Bangalore city and in general in the country and also help to prevent the cancer disease itself.

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