Kolkata is gradually becoming India’s prostate cancer capital, according to a report published in the Indian Journal of Urology. This report was collated by Lourdes Hospital located in Kochi, Kerala. According to this report the average occurrence rate of the disease in India in 5.7%, while in Kolkata it’s 28.97% & it is rising steadily over the last 10 years.
Dr. Shibaji Basu, an urologist at Kolkata’s Fortis Hospital, says that the increased incidence of the disease is due to unhealthy practices and lifestyle changes. According to him, “Young people are holding back urine, which affects the bladder. Then, food habits, smoking and genes also have a role to play.”
Older men are more prone to prostate cancer. Experts in the medical field say that due to the demographics of Kolkata, a large number of its citizens will be affected by this disease.
A surgical oncologist at Narayana Superspeciality hospital Dr. Abhay Kumar explains: “The Census 2011 data shows that India has 9.8 crore males over 50 years of age and that the average life expectancy has increased to 70 years. The City of Joy is a graying metropolis, with the 60-plus population in Kolkata now one of the largest in the country among metro cities. This demographic data makes Kolkata one of the metro cities that is most prone to prostate cancer in the ensuing decade.” Dr. Kumar also states that the symptoms of prostate cancer don’t reveal themselves until the disease comes to an advanced stage. So using methods such as the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test – will lead to early detection, which in turn is the key for those at risk.
However there are several hospitals that have come up across the city that has the infrastructure & capability to cater to such a disease. Woodlands Multispeciality Hospital is one such best urology care hospital in Kolkata.