‘Look, Lurve and Learn’: Breast self-examination training for BMC women employees

On the occasion of national breast cancer awareness month, Jaslok Hospital provided self-examination training to the women employees of the BMC Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (D-ward) in Mumbai. The training session was conducted at D ward BMC office, Nana Chowk, Mumbai for the entire women workforce of BMC

‘Look, Lurve & Learn’: Breast self-examination training for BMC women employees
On October 30, the training session conducted by Jaslok Hospital, helped the women employees to self-examine and identify abnormalities

Breast cancer projection for India for the year 2020 suggests that the number to go as high as 17, 97,900, says a report by NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information). Also, the recent statistics show that women suffering from breast cancer are mainly below the age of 50 years.

On October 30, the training session conducted by Jaslok Hospital, helped the women employees to self-examine and identify abnormalities. Breast self-examination (BSE) is a technique that was taught to all women in order to examine his/her breast tissue for any physical or visual changes.

The methodology used was ‘Look, Lurve & Learn’. It was showcased during the activation by the doctors of Jaslok Hospital who said that the rise in the cases of breast cancer in the younger generation, this is because of the non-predominant behaviour of the young population in India.

‘Look, Lurve and Learn’: Breast self-examination training for BMC women employees
There was a lot of eagerness to learn and my message to all the women is that cancer is just a word one shouldn’t get scared of it, since there is a lot of treatment and precaution available for it

Dr Reetu Jain, Medical Oncologist, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, who along with the team of nurses trained the BMC women said ,” Conducting this breast cancer awareness training session with the women employees of BMC was good, they were very open minded and receptive  to the training session. There was a lot of eagerness to learn and my message to all the women is that cancer is just a word one shouldn’t get scared of it, since there is a lot of treatment and precaution available for it.”

Jyotsna Devesh Mehta, Chairperson, Ward committee ‘C’ and ‘D’ wards BMC said, ” I would like to thank Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre for the training  session conducted for our women employees and request them to continue organising such training programmes in the future for the betterment of the masses. “

Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, of Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre said, “With the big step taken in favor of the women employees of BMC D ward, there is anxiety amongst women about breast screening will vanish by educating the masses and performing self-examinations. Breast self-examination helps in regular assessment of the breasts which is an important way to find breast cancer at the early stage.”