An NGO, Forum for Breast Cancer Protection, is set to launch a 16-minute short film 'We Can Defeat Breast Cancer' at the FICCI auditorium, New Delhi on Oct 7 (Sunday).
The main aim of the film is to educate women on breast cancer and to give them simple tips on how to detect the symptoms of the disease.
AdvertisementThe 16-minute film demonstrates the technique of breast examination by self as well as through mammography.
What is interesting about the film is that it stresses the need for early detection in a simple manner. Three doctors explain about the simple procedure of self-examination of the breasts with the help of three dimensional animation. The film also breaks myths that the process of mammography is not painful.
The statistics for breast cancer in India are worrying. About 90,000 women die in the country every year from breast cancer, more than any other form of cancer.
Currently, one in 25 Indian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2020, one in eight urban Indian women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Experts state that early detection is vital for the treatment of breast cancer and add that it can be done easily.
"Indian women seek treatment very late, about 65 percent of them are in stage three or four when they are diagnosed. In most cases, urban and educated women are unaware that they must conduct regular breast self examination, ask their doctors to give them clinical exams and go for normal mammograms," Vaneet Kapur, consultant radiologist said.
"One needs to self-examine their breasts at least once in a month if one is of age 20 years and above. Those who have crossed 30 years of age should go for clinical breast examination. And for those who are above 40 years, mammography once in a year is a must," C.S Pant, consultant radiologist suggests.