According to a study, metropolitan regions had a greater incidence of breast cancer (1 in 22 women) than rural areas (1 in 60 women).
A “Walk for Life” was organized by the LH Hiranandani Hospital in Powai on Sunday morning to raise awareness about breast cancer. Over 700 people participated in the walk. It began at the Heritage Gardens at the Hiranandani complex in Powai and covered a distance of 2.2 kilometers around the lovely Powai Hiranandani Gardens.
Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani (Founder Chairman and Managing Director of Hiranandani Communities), Dr. Sujit Chatterjee (CEO, Dr. L.H. Hiranandani Hospital), senior staff of the Hiranandani Group and Hiranandani Hospital, NGOs, and senior citizens at large participated in the walk.
Spearheading this event, Dr. Sujit Chatterjee said, “Breast cancer cases have doubled in India over the last two decades. With this initiative, we hope to reach out to the masses and encourage all women to come forward to fight this dreaded disease.”
He further added, “This walkathon is a cross-section of the city’s citizenry, young and old, from all walks of life, coming together to create a platform for spreading awareness about breast cancer and the significance of its early detection. It gives me tremendous pleasure to see so many participants, which reaffirms that the city of Mumbai and its citizens have a strong social conscience.”
It is a well-known fact that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in India. What is even more alarming is the mortality rate—the change in ratio in cases of ‘lifetime risk’ among women, from one in 26 to one in 22. The study has also revealed that it is becoming more prevalent among young women.
On occasion, Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani spoke, saying, “India’s greatest treasure is the Indian woman. Even in metropolitan areas, the woman’s pivotal role in the family does not change. It is essential that she remain healthy so that the family is secure at the end of the day. The high costs of advanced therapy can be avoided.
After the walk, Dr. Namita Pandey, a breast oncology surgeon, addressed the participants, saying, “The treatment modalities are so advanced that, for breast cancers detected early, breast conservation therapy is possible, allowing the patient to lead a normal life without having to undergo mutilating surgery, chemotherapy, or any other form of treatment.”
Dr Neeraj Tulara Consultant General Physician thanks for volunteering the event and streamline registration.