New Delhi: It is a queer case of gender bias. The government doctors have alleged that prostate cancer is getting step motherly treatment by the central government because it involves only men.
In a press conference on September 21, Prof (Dr) Anup Kumar, HOD, Urology and Renal Transplant, Safdarjung Hospital and Prof (Dr) P N Dogra, Head of Urology, AIIMS said that there is an urgent need of running a national campaign to catch prostate cancer in early stage because it is assuming epidemic proportions, rural population being more afflicted with life threatening last stage prostate cancer.
But in the same breath, they levelled a veiled charge that the central government is reluctant to create a national program to control prostate cancer as this concerns only men. September is being observed as Prostate Cancer Awareness month globally. Non Government organizations are observing it in India too.
They warned that most metastatic prostate cancer cases were coming from rural areas, so advanced treatment is needed to be made available to them too. According to cancer registries of metro cities, Delhi has emerged as having highest number of cumulative prostate cancer patients. Metastatic prostate cancer is one that spreads to other vital parts of the body. The liver, lungs, lymph nodes, and bones are common areas where to the prostate cancer spreads.