Breast cancer awareness month: 60 police constables undergo breast cancer screening

In observance of breast cancer awareness month, over 60 female officers of the Navi Mumbai Police, underwent preventive breast cancer tests

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women and the second most common cancer overall. According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there were over 2 million new cases in 2018. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer makes up 25 per cent of all new cancer diagnoses in women globally.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer amongst women in India. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), breast cancer impacts over 1.5 million women each year, and is also the cause of most cancer-related deaths amongst women.

In observance of breast cancer awareness month, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, hosted a breast cancer screening camp for female officers of Navi Mumbai Police, at the hospital today.

With support from Hon. Sanjay Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai, Hon. Suresh Kumar Mekhala, Joint Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai and Hon. Rajesh Bansode, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Navi Mumbai, the activity was led by Dr Tushar Jadhav, Consultant Surgical Oncology, and Dr Neha Karve, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi.

The screening comprised of Mammography, Pap Smear test and gynaecological consultations for Policewomen. Dr Uma Dangi, Consultant Medical Oncologist Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi hosted a talk on Breast and Cervical for the female officers of Navi Mumbai Police.

Speaking at the initiative, Hon. Nitin Geete, Police Inspector, Navi Mumbai, said, “Our workforce is on the job 24×7; for us to perform our duties to the fullest, it is important that our health be safeguarded, especially that of our female workforce who also have the responsibility of managing the household. With this initiative, my workforce is one step closer to a healthier tomorrow.”

Speaking about this initiative, Mr Sandeep Guduru, Facility Director, Hiranandani Hospital, said, “Breast Cancer is a risk factor amongst thousands of women today; however women can beat the disease if it is detected and treated at an early stage. Women always put their families, homes and jobs before their own selves, not really looking after themselves; this stands especially true for those who are on a job round the clock. Understanding this lacunae and as a token of our gratitude for safeguarding the city, we hosted this screening.”