Kolkata: To mark breast cancer awareness month, HCG EKO Cancer Centre Kolkata organized a breast cancer awareness talk session in collaboration with Share for Care NGO. The event witnessed participation of 50 women, said a press release.
Under the campaign ‘In Your Breast Interest’, the awareness session was conducted by Dr. Amrita Chakraborty, who emphasized on awareness about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, self-breast examination and importance of screening for early detection and cure for the disease.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in India. According to data published by Globocan in 2018, more than 1.6 lakh new cases and around 87,000 deaths were registered in the country during the year, the release stated.
Arnab Raha, COO, HCG EKO Cancer Centre Kolkata, said, “In India, the major problem is the late detection of cancer and the key to control is to give the accurate treatment at the right time. We are dedicated to this mission, and we believe that early detection of the disease is half the battle won and our continued approach is to initiate awareness drive to educate women about breast cancer and break myths associated with it.”
Dr. Amrita Chakraborty, Consultant, Onco – Radiology, HCG EKO Cancer Centre Kolkata, said, “At present, breast cancer incidences are on the rise and late detection makes it difficult to treat. It is very essential to understand the primary symptoms, take precautionary steps towards prevention.”
Dr. Amrita Chakraborty said, “By having periodic check-ups, early signs of disease and dysfunction can be picked up and hence can be treated early. Every woman should do a self-examination, and in case they find lumps or any unusual knots, they should not delay visiting a specialist. It is critical to get a diagnosis at the right time.”
With these awareness camps, the HCG urges more people to come forward and get checked for symptoms and treatment options.