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IWC awareness seminar on cancer

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/20/2020 11:31:15 AM IST

 Inner Wheel club (IWC), Dimapur organised an awareness seminar on breast cancer and cervical cancer under the theme “early detection saves life” at rotary center, midland on Thursday.

Speaking at the programme on breast cancer, Dr. Khushboo Agarwal, Nikos Hospital and Research Centre stated that one out ten women has breast cancer and that in India according to the stats of 2017, a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer every four minute. “The population in India is very young as compared to Japan and China and because India has a population of many young women, breast cancer has seen a shift in the last six years in the country”, she said.

She added that if one’s maternal side has a history of breast cancer, she should get genetic testing done. 

Speaking of the prevention of the disease, she stressed on the importance of staying away from smoking and alcohol, keeping oneself fit, etc. Speaking about getting checked for breast cancer, Dr. Khushboo encouraged the women to get clinical testing done if they find any abnormality in their breasts.

While speaking about cervical cancer, Dr. Mhasiseno T. Belho, proprietor, Dr. Belho’s clinic said that every seven minutes, one Indian woman dies from cervical cancer. 

She urged the women to get their screening done and that it was preventable. 

She stressed on how important it was for women to get their checkup done because one might not even know she has cervical cancer unlike breast cancer where a woman feels abnormality in her breasts. 

Speaking about HPV (human papillomavirus virus), Dr. Mhasiseno said that most HPV infections don’t lead to cancer but some types of genital HPV can cause cancer of the lower part of the uterus that connects to the cervix. 

She also added that these infections are transmitted sexually and that vaccines can help protect against the strains of HPV most likely to cause genital warts or cervical cancer.

Earlier, Pinki Agarwal delivered welcome address, vote of thanks by Mamta Kareer, while four cancer survivors Shreemati Sethi, Beena Sethi, Geeta Devi Poddar and Merenla Longkumeer shared their testimonies. 

More than 100 women attended the seminar which was followed with an interaction.


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