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Early detection of cancer is essential: Sonali Bendre

Press Trust of India 

Bendre, who was diagnosed with high grade last year, said early detection and spreading awareness about the is essential.

In July 2018, the was diagnosed with and she underwent the treatment in She returned to the city in December.

said though the is scary, early diagnosis can make the treatment less painful.

"Early detection is most important. Right now the is less scary the treatment is actually more frightening and painful. If it were detected early, the cost of treatment would have been less. It would also have been a lesser painful treatment," said Saturday at the fifth International Conference "CAHOCON 2019", organised by Consortium of (CAHO).

The 44-year-old post her diagnosis she got to know that some of her family members had

"I wish I knew about it. I wouldn't have thought this would happen to me... I felt if this was so prevalent why did I not know about it," she said.

Sonali recalled a lot of people were shocked with her cancer diagnosis.

"Lot of people said how could I get it as my lifestyle was so healthy. Even I was like 'Why I have got it?' Then I heard a lot of stories and realised anybody could get it."

The said an open discussion on cancer is very essential to foster awareness on a wider level.

"Healthcare institutions like hospitals should also play an important role in initiating dialogue on and ensure community participation to improve

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 14:05 IST