Breast Cancer Awareness: “Rural women more aware of bodily changes than urban women,” says Dr. Kanchan Kaur
Women need to be more aware of good dietary habits, exercise and give some time for their regular checkups – basically a lifestyle change in order to prevent breast cancer, says Dr. Kanchan Kaur from Medanta Hospital.
The Shriram Millennium School, Gurugram (Gurgaon) recently organized a session on Awareness of Breast Cancer for its support staff and teachers. On this special occasion School had the privilege of having Dr. Kanchan Kaur from Medanta Hospital to educate their teachers and support staff pertaining to the importance of detecting breast cancer at an early stage. She enlightened everybody with her valuable inputs on the causes and cure of breast cancer.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kanchan Kaur said, “Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in woman, if detected in time it is easy to treat and cure.” Dr. Kaur also spoke about the various aspects of Breast Cancer under the topic, “Breast Cancer Awareness – Need of the hour.”
Dr. Kanchan Kaur began with the physical properties and the composition of a breast, stating that they were made of specialised glandular tissues and fatty tissues. She explained pretty well with the help of diagrams so that even the support staff was able to understand well.
“There are no specific causes of breast cancer, however a proper self-breast check done regularly reduces the risk of late detection of the cancer cells developing in the area. To put it in a lay man’s language, a normal breast tissue would be like moving your palm over a bag of peas, but if you feel the presence of a lemon kind of obstruction in a bag of peas there is a cause for concern, and one needs to see a doctor immediately. Other breast related symptoms could be pain, lump, nipple discharge, nipple inversion, signs of infection or lumps in the armpit which one needs to be vary of. After the age of 40, it is advised to get yearly mammograms done. It is statistically proven that women in the rural areas are more aware of their bodily changes as compared to the urban women. Women need to be more aware of good dietary habits, exercise and give some time for their regular checkups – basically a lifestyle change in order to prevent breast cancer. Benefits of timely screening is to save lives. So be aware and live a healthy life,” Dr. Kanchan Kaur said and added: “The Mantra is- Save yourself from the claws of a crab by self detection.”