The aim of this initiative is to highlight the importance of early detection of breast cancer and to provide medical support for women.
The month of October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As a part of the international campaign to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research, cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing countries. Indian along with USA and China collectively account for almost one third of the global breast cancer burden.
Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, popularly known as Lijjat, is an Indian women’s cooperative involved in manufacturing of various fast-moving consumer goods. The organisation’s main objective is empowerment of women by providing them employment opportunities.
In order to help Shri Mahila Griha Udyog (Lijjat Papad) to achieve their objective, Indian Cancer Society in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bombay conducted 10 screening camps across Mumbai in their respective centres throughout the month of October providing medical support to almost 1,000 female employees.
All the female employees were screened for complete oral examination for oral cancer and comprehensive gynecological examination along with Pap smear and clinical breast examination.
On October 25, the Director General of Indian Cancer Society, Sheila Nair and team and Suresh Goklaney, Rotary Club of Bombay and Rotary Club members visited one of the centers of Shri Mahila Griha Udyog at Govandi where the camp was held.
Director General of Indian Cancer Society, Ms. Sheila Nair, said, “With the increasing incidence of breast cancer cases in women, there is a need to raise awareness and conduct early cancer detection camps. Therefore, with this collaboration, we aim to provide medical support at the grass-root level people to fight cancer.’’
Commenting on the occasion Suresh Goklaney, Rotary Club of Bombay, said, “Cancer is one issue where we strongly feel the need to engage with the community, and to raise awareness towards the disease in order to promote preventive measures and early detection. Our association with Indian Cancer Society is to fulfill our vision of community service.”