22 Oct : Sahayta Cancer Sahyog organized Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on 22nd Oct, 2010 at 5 PM at Sector 17 Plaza.
Mr Pradeep Mehra, Adviser to the Administrator, flagged off the walk in front of Empire Stores. A large number of survivors including renowned dancer, Shobha Koser, senior doctors from PGI and Govt. Hospital, Sector 32, officers of Chandigarh Administration, Station Commander, 3BRD and 12 Wing, Smt Charu Bali, SSP, Panchkula, Commissioner, IT, Chandigarh and Haryana, Chief Architect, Chandigarh, Principals and students of various colleges and schools, Rani Balbir Kaur, members of Chandigarh Senior Citizens Association and aware citizens of Chandigarh participated in the walk.
Pink looped ribbon, internationally recognized symbol of breast cancer was worn by all volunteers and participants.
Madam Geeta Bhukal, Health Minister ,Haryana presided over breast cancer awareness programme in the Plaza and released large pink balloons with awareness messages. Madam Sumit Kaur,Chief Architect also addressed the audience.While Mr Jacob entertained the audience with his music and melodious songs, a Power Point presentation was screened on the efforts being made by Sahyta Cancer Sahyog to combat this deadly disease.
The theme for breast cancer awareness month is ‘Breast Self Examination-a Step Towards Surviving Cancer’ and ‘Early Detection is your Best Protection.’
October is a significant month for women living with breast cancer. This month, fondly described as ‘Pink October’ is celebrated all over the world as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for early detection. Breast cancer is spreading at an alarming rate and the only defence against it is early detection which is impossible without awareness. Women have to combine clinical breast examination with their visit to the gynaecologist. The small booklet on breast and gynecological care in every Cancer and Obst. And Gynec Clinic should be made compulsory.
There is an urgent need to create awareness among quacks and regd. Medical practitioners in colonies, homeopaths, ayurvedic doctors and general physicians about warning signs of cancer so that precious time is not wasted.
Sahayta is grateful to its patrons for the overwhelming response to this event.