BGS GLENEAGLES GLOBAL HOSPITAL HOSTS A MEGA WALKATHON FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Bangalore: Today, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, Bengaluru hosted a walkathon in the city –The Pink Wave, to drive awareness on breast cancer. A yearly initiative from the hospital, this year the rally saw strong involvement from over 500 participants including medical professionals, members of the local community, college students and breast cancer survivors. The hospital also tied up with Jayanagar Jaguars, a city based marathon runner group. The rally was flagged off at 7.30 AM from Balakrishna Bayalu Ranga Mandira in R.R Nagar and culminated at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital in Kengeri, covering a distance of 5 KM. BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital is leader in cancer care with a comprehensive cancer care unit comprising of in-house radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists (female surgeon for all women cancers), plastic surgeon, oncopsychologist, oncopathologist and bone marrow transplant physicians.
Mr M G Srinivas, renowned Kannada Actor & Director lend his support to the cause and was present to interact with and address the gathering. “Breast cancer could occur in the lives of any of our loved ones. The theme of this awareness campaign, that is, to ‘take charge, get screened’ is a message that has to reach one and all. Men have to play an equally important role in supporting the women in their lives by encouraging them to go in for regular screening and check-ups as advised by the doctors.”
Mitra, Dhereen Ramkumar (Kannada Actor), MG Srinivas (Kannada Actor/Director) and Ritesh Shetty (Mr. India 2017) were the other guests present at the walkathon.
While breast cancer cannot be wholly prevented, being an informed and empowered advocate can go a long way. Dr Monika Pansari, Consultant Surgical Oncologist (Women Oncology) & Dr Mathangi J, Senior Consultant & In Charge, Department of Radiation Oncology at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital were present to elaborate on the importance of screening and identification of early symptoms.
Dr Monika Pansari, Consultant, Surgical Oncologist, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, said “Breast cancer incidence is on rise not only in urban population but in rural areas too. Our aim as oncologists is to not only treat breast cancer patients but also to create awareness about the disease and educate women that life after breast cancer can be completely normal. The only pre-requisite is that of ‘early detection’ and this is feasible only if women are made aware of screening tests like breast self-examination, mammogram etc. Out of all, annual mammogram after the age of 40 years is considered to be the gold standard. This event is being organized to convey the same message to all women – ‘take charge of your own health; get yourself screened.’”
Doctors at BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital report that they consult around 40 breast cancer patients every month. They attribute this rising trend to westernisation of lifestyle: prominent risk factors include late marriages, not having children and avoiding breast feeding. They have also observed a rise in young women in their 30s presenting with breast cancer which supports another disturbing statistic: Indian females are said to be detected with breast cancer at an earlier age when compared to their western counterparts.
The walkathon also felicitated a few breast cancer survivors. It was heartening to hear them speak on life during and after cancer. They all agreed that while early detection and prompt and appropriate treatment is critical, a positive attitude is what will finally get one through the experience.
“We should educate ourselves about cancer. This goes a long way in reducing the fear that cancer is the end. A positive attitude and conviction that you are in the path to total recovery is essential in the fight against cancer. Follow your treatment diligently and try to take things in your stride. And once it is successfully treated, go on to live a full and active life. Cancer does not have to define you for the rest of your life. With support from your family and a will to live life, you can win over any difficult situation” said a Cancer survivor.
BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital also announced free women cancer clinic “Sakhi Clinic-for women, by women oncologist” and a special package for bilateral mammography & consultation with oncologist at a nominal cost of Rs 399, which is valid until 31 October, 2019.