Pinktober celebrations held to spread awareness on breast cancer
| Saturday | 10th October, 2020
Since 2018, 858 breast cancer cases were reported at the Hospital and chemotherapy had been provided to 2,100 patients, radiotherapy to 250 patients and over 2 lakh tablets had been distributed.
The ‘Pinktober’ celebration to create awareness on breast cancer was held at the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital on Friday. N. Yuvaraj, Director, National Health Mission, K. Senthil Raj, Director, NHM in Tamil Nadu, and other senior officials took part in the event.
Dr. Yuvaraj stated that “the information must reach everybody. Women basically neglect their health. Most of the breast cancer cases are reported at later stage and it is better if detection is done at earlier stage.”
He added that it would be a great achievement of the campaign if every woman was made to visit a public healthcare facility and undergo screening. He said that it was a highly avoidable cancer.
Dr. Yuvaraj further added that Salem was doing well in containing COVID-19 and the Centre had provided various schemes like insurance for healthcare workers and legal protection.
Collector S.A. Raman appreciated the efforts of Hospital authorities in COVID-19 treatment. R. Balajinathan, Dean of the Hospital, said a 450ft banner had been erected outside the Hospital with awareness messages on breast cancer as part of the campaign.
Dr. Senthil Raj stressed upon the fact that 14% of cancer detected among women was breast cancer. He advised officials to take the awareness campaign to entire district and Salem should become breast-cancer free.
On COVID-19 containment and treatment measures, Dr. Senthil Raj stated that the Hospital was doing RT-PCR tests on a par with Madras Medical College and importance must be given for non-COVID-19 treatment as well.
Dr. Venkateshan, Head, Department of Oncology, stated that early detection was important in treating and curing breast cancer. He added that since 2018, 858 breast cancer cases were reported at the Hospital and chemotherapy had been provided to 2,100 patients, radiotherapy to 250 patients and over 2 lakh tablets had been distributed.
The officials awarded nursing students who won in drawing competition held as part of the event and honored cancer survivors.
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