Staff Correspondent

Breast health clinic opened at A.J. Hospital and Research Centre

MANGALORE: Speakers at the inaugural function of a cosmetic surgery and breast health clinic at the A.J. Hospital and Research Centre here on Saturday stressed the need to create awareness about breast diseases in women. Awareness should be spread about diseases affecting the breast, especially breast cancer, and the role of cosmetic surgery in helping the affected women lead a normal life, they added.

Cine actor Ramya, who inaugurated the clinic, advised women not to go for cosmetic surgery unless the situation so warranted. "I am not for cosmetic surgery. People should be happy with the way they look. I know a few friends who have gone in for liposuction and other surgeries. It is personal grooming and hygiene that matter more," she said.

Admitting that she had opted for cosmetic surgery on her nose owing to professional reasons, Ms. Ramya said one should weigh the pros and cons before opting for cosmetic surgery.

She expressed satisfaction with the growing awareness about breast cancer among women.

H.T. Manorama Rao, gynaecologist, said physicians should direct women to specialists if they notice any symptoms of breast cancer. "It is vital to diagnose the disease at an early stage. Women should also be self-conscious about their well being and they should not neglect their personal health," she added.

Shakuntala Shetty, Puttur MLA, said women, of late, are more conscious about their appearance. Appreciating the fact that professional help is now available on hand, she urged the medical fraternity to counsel and comfort patients.

Dinesh Kadam, chief plastic surgeon of the institute, who spoke about the prevalence of breast cancer among women, advised them to undergo regular breast examination.