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Fight Breast Cancer!

Pink Ribbon

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink ribbon is the International symbol of breast cancer prevention.

Breast cancer is the second most prominent cancer that assails Indian women. Urban Indian women are said to be more susceptible to breast cancer than rural women. A woman with family history of breast cancer is 15% more susceptible to the disease.

Following are the breast cancer stats for India:

Breast Cancer Stats

Breast Cancer Stats in India

Source: Hindu Oct, 17 2004

Simple suggestions for women to combat breast cancer:

  • Have a diet low in fat and rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Do regular exercise and have reduced weight.
  • Avoid/minimize alcohol consumption.
  • Avoid use of tobacco. While tobacco does not lead directly to breast cancer, it can lead to certain benign breast diseases.
  • Always take oral contraceptive pills and hormone replacement treatment under the close supervision of a health care provider.
  • Conduct a monthly self-breast examination from teenage.
  • Conduct an annual clinical breast examination with a doctor.

Most woman undergo an identity crisis after losing their breast to the disease. Yet, there are some breast cancer victims who bounced back to work for this cause. Here is a TIME photo essay about these heroes [forgive the gender-bias, all heroes referred here are women, of course :)].

My favorite breast cancer hero in this photo essay is, of course, from India: 56-year-old Rama Sivaram from Pune. πŸ™‚

Click here daily to give a free mammogram. For every click, the sponsers of this Breast Cancer site distribute a free mammogram. Isn’t that great idea! πŸ™‚
Suggested Readings:
BBC Health: Know about Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is Preventable

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Comments on: "Fight Breast Cancer!" (4)

  1. […] the complete post here at Its A Free […]

  2. My grandmother used to have breast cancer. I don’t know if anyone else in the family did. Of course she wasn’t that aware then but they did manage to find a good doctor in Mumbai to get her treated. She had to lose her breast too but she’s been brave. She did tell me once or twice about how it all happened. So she’s as good as any of those heroes for me.

  3. Yes, Ish, your grandmother is a hero too. It does take courage for a woman to handle such a sensitive crisis with your body.

    The women in that TIMES photoessay are also victims of breast cancer, their disease inspired them to start a movement against the disease. Some of their efforts got government’s policy change or a ministry devoted to the cause. Some work for awareness or have their own NGO for the issue.

  4. […] am also planning a expedition for cancer survivors later this year to mark the international breast cancer month in October. The blue print is under construction. Idea is to send out a strong message through adventure that […]

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