Breast cancer has been on a rise in India. According to the various reports, it is now the most common cancer in most cities in India, and 2nd most common in rural areas. Breast cancer affects the patients not only physically but mentally as well. The trauma of losing a breast may push them into depression. The Indian Cancer Society has found a solution to this problem. The Mumbai based organisation is manufacturing the artificial breasts for breast cancer survivors.
The artificial breasts come in two types namely cotton and rubber. Lycra fabric is used for this process and latex material is used to give it a shape. Through this project, the organisation is empowering breast cancer survivors. These artificial breasts are made by breast cancer survivors. They are earning their livelihood through this manufacturing work. Many experts are working at the manufacturing center to supervise the women.
The artificial breast made by using cotton and rubber (latex) are charged at Rs 250 to Rs 400 and Rs 500 respectively. These prices are tentative because it may vary depending upon the size of the breast.
Dr Sulkshana Pednekar, Coordinator of Indian Cancer Society provided additional information about this project. “We give a bra with a breast. The bra is designed by keeping the needs of a breast cancer survivor in mind. The validity period of this artificial breast is 3 to 6 months. We have received a huge response. Ten to twelve orders are placed daily. We receive orders from Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, and Nagpur. We have made over a lakh artificial breasts till now,” said Dr Sulkshana Pednekar. The organisation is also receives orders from abroad.
“Many cancer patients get depressed because they have to lose an organ. They need counselling and mental support. We try to bring positivity in their lives. In our organisation cancer survivors provide vocational training to other cancer survivors. We have 10 such workers. They earn Rs 600 per day,” informed Vandana Dhamankar, Director of Indian Cancer Society.