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G. Nagaraja
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Dr. Sumita Shankar, cosmetic surgeon, with a patient during an awareness camp in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. —Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
Dr. Sumita Shankar, cosmetic surgeon, with a patient during an awareness camp in Bhimavaram of West Godavari district. —Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

Dr. Sumita Shankar, a Hyderabad-based breast surgeon, is on a mission for breast care. The awareness camp recently held in Bhimavaram as part of her campaign in promotion of ‘body confidence’ in women by correcting breast disorders, which she launched on International Women’s Day, on March 8 last, has provided a chance for rural women to speak up.

Dr. Sumita aims to cover all the districts across the State and hold free consultation camps with the rural women in need of correction for breast disorders in the next one year. Breast disorders were causing serious marital and social problems for women. They were all suffering in silence for want of right guidance and resources, she explained. The campaign was intended to take the technological advancements in the reconstructive surgeries to needy people in the inaccessible areas, she added. The campaign focuses on disorders, which hitherto remain unaddressed.

Breast cancer continued to be the second most common cancer women faced at present next to cervical cancer. The acute shortage of cosmetic surgeons in the country worsened the situation.

The country with a population of 1.24 billion had only 2,500 cosmetic surgeons and the number in the State was not more than 250. That too, they were all located in State capitals and major cities, leaving the rural folk inaccessible to the medical facilities, she explained.

Dr. Sumita aims to cover all the districts across the State and hold free consultation camps with

rural women


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