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Foundation to get mobile unit for breast cancer detection

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Around 350 NCC cadets, volunteers, students take out rally

Pink power: Volunteers taking out an awareness rally on breast cancer in Tiruchi on Saturday. —Photo:R. Ashok
Pink power: Volunteers taking out an awareness rally on breast cancer in Tiruchi on Saturday. —Photo:R. Ashok

It was raining pink at the Cauvery bridge on Saturday. The ‘Cross Cauvery for Breast Cancer Awareness' walkathon organised by the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation, with participants being attired in pink releasing scores of pink balloons over the bridge, was an attempt to enlighten people on breast cancer awareness and instil hope into survivors. The colour pink is associated with the Pink Ribbon, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Around 350 NCC cadets, NSS volunteers and college students participated in the rally flagged off by S. Sujatha, Mayor, from Holy Cross Convent, Mambazhasalai. The rally that was organised as part of the National Breast Cancer awareness month, was followed by an awareness and survivors meet at the Indian Medical Association hall.

A ‘mammobus', a bus equipped with mammogram facilities for examination and investigation for early detection of breast cancer at a cost-to-cost basis would be acquired by the Foundation soon, according to K. Govindaraj, founder of the Dr. K. Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation. The bus would tour Tiruchi district creating awareness of breast cancer.

According to K. N. Srinivasan, Secretary of the Foundation, the bus is likely to be funded by the Rotary Clubs in Tiruchi along with Rotary Foundation Rockville, USA. The Rotary Club of Srirangam had mooted the proposal.

K.Govindaraj said the centre would aim at ensuring that removal of breast on account of cancer was fully prevented by 2020. Breast Conservation can be achieved through early detection of cancer thus preventing breast removal. This is done by constant monitoring through annual mammograms by women over the age of 35. But as annual mammograms would not be affordable for many women here, the foundation would promote breast conservation through self examination. Self-explanatory pamphlets explaining breast examination were distributed.

K.Meena, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University who presided over the event urged women to be independent and confident in the face of being diagnosed with cancer. She welcomed the ‘Mammobus', equating it with technology on wheels. Zameer Pasha, President, IMA Trichy Branch explained the methods for early detection of breast cancer.

Around 75 breast cancer survivors participated in the event. Survivors of over 10 years were honoured by the Vice-Chancellor.

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