The month of October was observed as breast cancer awareness month. The department of General Surgery and Breast diseases with collaboration from Intas oncology coordinated and conducted a two-day programme which included a very informative lecture on breast cancer awareness and a special focus on self-breast examination by Dr Jayashri Pandya, Professor and In-charge Breast Diseases with her team members.
This was followed by a self-defence workshop by an Israel based group for a large audience.
The program also had a unique additional initiative. To promote self-breast examination a ‘Self Breast Examination Mirror’ was unveiled by B.Y.L Nair Hospital Dean, Dr Ramesh Bharmal. The program was much appreciated by all the attendees. They were trained on how to examine themselves by a health expert. This will help inculcate the habit of self-breast examination in female staff members.
Regular cancer awareness programmes are conducted for staff, students, nursing faculty and office-bearers.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Ramesh Bharmal, said, “We have installed this mirror in a private room which is used by our staff. Women can perform a self-breast examination in the privacy of this room. It will be convenient for them. We took out this initiative so that breast cancer can be detected earlier. It will also raise awareness on this issue.”
He added, “Currently, this mirror is being used our doctors, nurses, and staff members. We have received a good response. We regularly hold screening camps and provide information on breast cancer. If possible, we will try to bring in mirrors at health camps too. Having such a mirror will help us detect the early symptoms and start treatment.”