Over the years, statistics have consistently revealed that the incidence of cancer worldwide is on the rise. But breast cancer remains the most common cancer in India. In 2013 alone, breast cancer claimed 47,587 lives, in spite of it being largely preventable and curable in the initial stages. When detection is delayed it may require surgical procedures. But with early diagnosis, as compared to invasive procedures like mastectomies, the survivor has a greater capacity to preserve the body and self-image of the patient, conserve sexual health, and also leads to lower levels of anxiety. This eventually leads to a better quality of life of the cancer survivor.
More developed nations are now looking at options like genomic sequencing, and stem cell research as means of effectively curing cancer, and minimizing the ill effects of the disease. India has just started to enter the field, and has a considerable way to go. Till these advancements become viable prognosis, India needs to be able to ensure preventive measures like regular screening, early detection, and quality healthcare treatment.
Tata Trusts in association with Prashanti Cancer Care Mission and Swasth India are launching India’s largest breast cancer screening drive – a mission to win the fight against breast cancer through early detection. Do support the cause by joining the annual marathon for breast cancer awareness – ‘Our Marathon’ – in Pune, followed by the unveiling of state-of-the-art mobile van, equipped with spot screening for breast cancer:
Date: Sunday, 31st January, 2016
Time: 7.00 am
Venue: Police Parade Ground, Opp. Rahul Theatre, Shivaji Nagar, Pune
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