BMC em­ploy­ees learn facts about breast can­cer

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE -

learn about mea­sures to be taken to avoid breast can­cer. Rather than be­ing em­bar­rassed, women should come for­ward to talk about the con­di­tion and go for reg­u­lar check-ups,” said Vidhi Mu­tatkar, an em­ployee in D ward.

Dr Reetu Jain, med­i­cal on­col­o­gist, Jaslok Hospi­tal said, “Teenagers need to be aware about a healthy life­style so that in the fu­ture they won’t have to suf­fer. Pre­ven­tion mea­sures must be taken due to which cre­at­ing aware­ness is es­sen­tial. Com- monly, women be­tween 35 to 45 years of age suf­fer from breast can­cer. There was a lot of ea­ger­ness in the par­tic­i­pants to learn. Can­cer is just a word and one shouldn’t get scared of it as there are a lot of treat­ment and pre­cau­tions avail­able for it.”

Ra­jashree Dhole, “Pre­ven­tion is bet­ter. Women gen­er­ally hes­i­tate or get em­bar- rassed to ask ques­tions due to which such plat­forms help them clear their doubts.”

As per data, over six lakh peo­ple died due to can­cer in 2010. Women be­tween the age group of 30 to 69 are the ma­jor­ity af­fected by breast can­cer. Every year, about one mil­lion peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with can­cer. Ac­cord­ing to doc­tors, early de­tec­tion is nec­es­sary for cure. Many peo­ple har­bour myths re­gard­ing can­cer which need to be clar­i­fied by cre­at­ing aware­ness.

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