IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals wear pink jersey to raise awareness on breast cancer

Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals have donned a special pink jersey in Friday’s home match against the Chennai Super Kings, to raise awareness about early cancer screening through their campaign Cancer Out

IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals wear pink jersey to raise awareness on breast cancer

As part of the Rajasthan Royals’ Cancer out campaign, skipper Ajinkya Rahane along with his team mates Heinrich Klaasen, Krishnappa Gowtham and Mahipal Lomror on Wednesday got themselves screened in an urge to promote early cancer screening.

A significant proportion of cancers can be cured if detected early. Several surveys have showed that less than 5% of women have had any examination of cervix, breast and oral cavity in their lifetimes. Further, it is estimated that 25% of all cancer cases are not reported at all.

Overall, 1 in 28 women is likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

India accounts for the third highest number of breast cancer cases among women after USA and China. More than 10 % are hereditary and can be predicted by genetic analysis.

Against this backdrop, Cancer Out is a campaign that seeks to build awareness about cancer and debunk myths. The focus is on highlighting the benefits of early detection so that people are aware and seek screening early.

Ajinkya Rahane earlier posted this on Instagram before tonight’s match.

Cancer Out aims to create general awareness about cancer and its risk factors, preventive measures, signs and symptoms and the treatment modalities of the common detectable cancers.

To further generate mass awareness, the Royals tonight have worn the special jersey which has been created with a blend of three colours – pink, teal and burgundy.

The three colours symbolise the most profound and common types of cancer – pink for breast cancer, burgundy for oral cancer and teal for cervical cancer.

Rajasthan Royals Cancer Out campaign is being run with the support of the state government, National Cancer Grid, Indian Cancer Society and Indian Dental Association in the state.