A Faridabad-based hospital Sarvodaya Hospital & Research Centre has organised the Pink Ribbon Art Festival at Manav Rachna Education Institution on Monday. The entire event was dedicated to having a serious conversation on breast cancer, including the latest advancement of techniques and treatment of the disease. On the second day, the conference celebrated the spirit of womanhood and create awareness on breast cancer among the people.
Over 1300 participants from different fields including school and college kids were present to paint their idea of a healthy life and womanhood. The cash prize of Rs 3 lakh were given away to the winners of the contest.
Participants were also allowed to show that they care and support the breast cancer patients and their families. It was a gesture to make them realise that they are not alone in their fight.
Dr Rakesh Gupta, Chairman and Medical Director of Sarvodaya Hospital & Research Centre quoted “Such initiatives are the need of time especially in a country like India, where the cases of Breast cancer and related deaths are rising at an alarming rate. Every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman dies of it. Overall 1 in every 28 Indian women is likely to develop breast cancer in her lifetime. We are also now witnessing more and number of patients being diagnosed with breast cancer in relatively younger age groups such as women in their thirties and forties.”
Dr Dinesh Pandarkar, HOD of Sarvodaya Hospital quoted “The incidence rate begins to rise in the early thirties & peaks at the age of 50 to 64 years. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 1.5 lakh new cases of breast cancer have been reported in the year 2016 alone. Moreover, this is also turning out to be the most common cancer among women. Breast cancer accounts for 27 percent of all cancers among women in India. Since breast cancer is curable if diagnosed at an earlier stage & awareness is the only way to ensure early detection. Hence BCFI is continuously engaged in & dedicated to raising the breast cancer awareness so that more & more valuable lives can be saved.”