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Walkathon by cancer survivors to create awareness

MUMBAI: Over 500 people, many of who are breast cancer survivors, participated in an awareness walk organised by the LH Hiranandani Hospital at Powai on Sunday. Themed Walk for File , the walkathon was organised to observe the National Breast Cancer awareness month.

A cancer survivor, who participated in the walkathon said, When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was traumatized and had lost all hope in life. But fortunately, early detection helped me get proper treatment and I was completely cured. My family and doctors were very supportive and encouraging through out the treatment. I feel women should start the process of regular checkups to fight cancer.

One in 20 urban women is diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Studies indicate that breast cancer is set to overtake cervical cancer as the most common cancer among Indian women by 2020. Spearheading this initiative, Dr Sujit Chatterjee, CEO, Hiranandani Hospital said, Breast cancer is the commonest cancer among urban women and rapidly becoming the number one cancer in females. Community and collective awareness plays a major role in dealing with a dreaded disease like cancer.

Dr Pradeep Jaisingh, CEO of International Oncology Services Pvt Ltd that jointly organised the walkathon, said, With advancement in cancer treatment and early detection, cancer cases are curable. Breast cancer is the leading disease amongst urban Indian women, which can be treated and cured through comprehensive cancer detection and advanced treatment.

Source: Sumitra Deb Roy, TNN Times of India

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