20 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Capital based Apollo Hospitals on Sunday organized a Walkathon for the purpose of creating awareness on breast cancer. A huge crown donned pink shirts and marched with pink banners and placards from NICCO Park (Regional Institute of Education) to Apollo Hospitals.
The walk started at about 7.30 am and ended at Apollo Hospitals at 8.30 am. This was followed by a Breast Cancer awareness talk by Dr Cinmay Pani (Senior Medical Oncologist), Dr Nitish Kumar Acharya (Senior Surgical Oncologist), Dr Khitish Mishra (Consultant, Radiation Oncology) and Dr Anupama Sasmal (Senior Radiation Oncologist).
The walkathon was inaugurated by DCP, Traffic Police, Sagarika Nath in the presence of Dr Ashish Chandra ( Director Medical Services Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar) and Amar Behra, General Manager, Finance, Apollo Hospitals, Bhubaneswar).
About 70 women from "HELP MATE" NGO also participated in the walkathon and later at the breast awareness talk along with the Hospital’s nursing staffs and lady security guards. The total numbers of participants was about 150 in the walkathon.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is celebrated in October every year. During this time, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a series of videos, tweets, and infographics focusing on the global burden of breast cancer. In 2018, there were an estimation of 2.1 million new cases of breast cancer and 627 000 deaths from breast cancer worldwide.
According to the Union health ministry, breast cancer ranks as the number one cancer among Indian women, with a rate as high as 27.8 per 100,000 women, and mortality of 12.7 per 100,000 women. According to estimates, at least 17,97,900 women in India may have breast cancer by 2020. Of all the known cancers in the world, breast cancer rates are among the most alarming. The Current Indian data shows that one in 22 women develop breast cancer in India.