Every year 1.5 lakh new breast cancer cases are detected and around 70,000 women die of it in India. To highlight this alarming rise in the incidence of breast cancer, SevenStar Hospital, Nagpur in collaboration with Ushalaxmi breast cancer foundation organised a Pink Ribbon Walk here on Sunday, at Seven Star Hospital, Jagnade Square, Nagpur.
The 3 km walk was flagged of jointly by Padmashri CEO & Director of Ushalaxmi Breast Cancer Foundation, Dr. Raghuram Pillarsetti and Chairman and Managing Director, SevenStar Hospital, Dr. Prashant Rahate,. This is the first of its kind walk organised in the city to make people aware of the rising problem of breast cancer, speaking on the occasion Dr. Raghuram stressed the need to increase awareness among women on breast cancer and underlined that early detection could save many lives.
Pointing out that Nagpur is transforming into a vibrant city in every way, he said it was equally important that citizens lead a healthy lifestyle. CMD, SevenStar Hospitals, Dr. Prashant Rahate, said his hospital as an organisation was equally keen on promoting a healthy society. SevenStar Hospital will play a proactive role to move ahead is that direction, he added.
He emphasied the need to organise awareness programmes to every sector starting from educational Institutions, Corporates etc to sensitise the community about breast cancer in the interests of their future. Dr. Prashant Rahate added that the very word cancer carries a fear factor along with it. With the development of technology, it is now possible to overcome any type of cancer.
A detailed mobile app was also inaugurated on this occasion which can be accessed in 14 different languages which provides complete information regarding breast cancer. Many dignitaries enthusiastically participated in the rally. Kanchan Nitin Gadkari, Dr. Viral Kamdar, Subhash Kotecha and Dipak Patel were prominently present at the occasion.
Various organisation like Somalwar High School Alumini, Rotary Club, Lions Club of Medicos, East Nagpur Doctors Association, SMPWA, Snehi Jawahar Medicos, Janakrosh and Vidharbha Surgeons Associations also participated in the walk.