On the occasion of Mother's Day, Sujal Charitable Trust organized a breast cancer awareness and check-up campaign in Vadodara on Sunday. The organizers said, "The aim was to diagnose 100,000 women and spreading awareness about breast cancer. If diagnosed with signs of breast cancer, the women would be made to undergo mammography tests." The trust proposes to fund the entire cost in case a woman is diagnosed with cancer and unable to meet expenses.
Dr. Preeti Niranjan, one of the doctors involved in the campaign, said, "We propose to urge women to diagnose themselves at home on a regular basis and undergo a yearly clinical check-up. Our women should be made aware that breast cancer can be diagnosed in the early stages itself through TAPAS methodology. In the United States, out of five women tested for breast cancer, one person dies whereas in India, the rate is much worse because the women in India turn up much late for diagnosis."
Tajal Amin, also part of the campaign, said, "It was necessary to remove the inhibitions among Indian women about getting themselves checked for signs of breast cancer. Whether literate or not, most ladies in India are hesitant to get themselves diagnosed and by the time they actually visit a doctor, their tumor must have grown bigger. This campaign aims to make the ladies come out and get themselves checked. Its mission is to break the fear and hesitation in women and make more women come out and attend check-ups."
About 112 hospitals, 550 doctors and paramedics and around 4,000 volunteers have joined this initiative.