Hockey India, Aaroogya conducts online session for women’s players to raise breast cancer awareness

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New Delhi: With October being the international breast cancer awareness month, Hockey India and the non-profit organization Aaroogya for Women Cancer Research and Prevention conducted an online session on Wednesday (September 30). with the members of the Indian women’s hockey team about the early detection and prevention of breast, cervical and oral cancer. 

The Co-Founders of Aaroogya – Dr Priyanjali Datta & Dr Dhruv Kacker spoke about how to conduct self-examination for the detection of cancer, the common symptoms of cancer and the advantages of early detection of cancer. Dr Datta emphasized the fact that women should not expose themselves to mammogram before the age of 45 in case they show symptoms of cancer. They should opt for an ultrasound scan instead. They also made the Indian Women’s Hockey Team aware of the causes of cancer such as poor lifestyle, consumption of junk food, tobacco, alcohol and most importantly stress, being one of the major causes of cancer. The best way to prevent cancer is to lead a good lifestyle by regularly exercising and following a healthy diet. 

The non-profit organization Aaroogya has transformed the way of prevention and early detection for reducing death rates and has provided on-ground data for precision new drugs and better treatment for the population of the Indian subcontinent, in partnership with government and private partners in rural and urban poor population.

“We lose around 600 women every day in India due to the late detection of cancer. And if we don’t address the growing concerns of cancer, around 130 million people could be diagnosed with cancer in India by 2030. Around 2000 women are detected with cancer every day. We primarily work in the prevention and early detection of Breast, Cervical and Oral Cancer. It’s very important to conduct self-examination for symptoms of cancer regularly as early detection of the disease will give one a better chance to recover,” emphasised Dr Datta & Dr Kacker.

The Indian Women’s Hockey Team Captain Rani on behalf of the entire team expressed that they will pass on the knowledge they attained during the session to her family members.

“The session on the awareness about cancer was very helpful for us. It was great to be made aware of the common symptoms and causes of cancer and the steps to detect it early which makes it critical, I am sure that this session will help us. Hopefully, Aaroogya can reach out to many more women and help them understand the early detection steps and preventive measures for cancer. We can also pass on the knowledge we have attained today to our own family members and friends,” said Rani.

Speaking on the session conducted by Hockey India and Aaroogya, Gyanendro Ningombam, Officiating President, Hockey India said, “While we are living in the midst of a pandemic, it’s important to note the dangers of the rising number of cancer cases in India as well, especially breast, cervical and oral cancer. It was very important for the members of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team to know about how to detect cancer and the preventive measures that need to be taken. We are absolutely delighted that the non-profit organization Aaroogya conducted a very informative session with the Indian Women’s Hockey Team players.”

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