Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is very special for every woman, for the past several years Can Protect Foundation organizes many breast cancer awareness and prevention programs in this month.
For the last five years, Can Protect Foundation, under the leadership of our President Dr. Sumita Prabhakar, has been organizing a two to three days mega breast screening camp for women at Agarwal Dharamshala in Dehradun. This year, this camp was organized on 30 and 31 October 2019. Breast screening of 320 women was done in two days, they were taught the method to do Breast Self Examination, apart from this gynecological checkup of many women was also done by Dr. Sumita Prabhakar and her team of doctors. On the second day of the camp, ‘Asha Ki Kiran’ program was organized. In which Dr. Sumita Prabhakar informed 60 Asha workers about breast and cervical cancer prevention, and menstrual hygiene.
In this half-day workshop conducted by Dr. Sumita Prabhakar, ASHA workers were informed about the symptoms of breast and cervical cancer, they were taught breast self-examination on the silicon breast model. Information was given to them about pap smear test and HPV infection for cervical cancer prevention. Asha workers are an important part of women’s health, the Asha Kiran campaign launched by us is mainly related to the education of Aasha and ANM workers.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we screened 840 women, made them aware of breast and cervical cancer, organized workshops and health talk in colleges and schools.
40% of the women did not know how good early detection is for breast cancer prevention, they did not even know what are the methods used for early detection. what is breast self-examination? After getting all this information and getting the screening done, the women were confident and the sense of being healthy.
Our medical staff did counseling of women and especially their family members, we explained to them how important the screening of the woman is for the well being of the family.
90% of women underwent breast screening for the first time. Unusual symptoms were found in some women. We believe that if a woman is aware of breast cancer, then she makes 10 other women aware of breast cancer prevention.
We wholeheartedly thank the doctors, paramedical staff and volunteers for supporting us in this breast cancer prevention campaign conducted this month. We thank all the women who came to the camp for checkups. We thank the students who inspired their mothers to be present in the health talk given by Dr. Sumita Prabhakar. We thank the teachers and management of all the schools and colleges who took the initiative to organize an awareness talk on breast cancer at their institute.
Our campaign for cancer prevention is still going on and will continue till every woman becomes aware and the mortality rate of breast and cervical cancer decreases to zero.