ACCF Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2020

Early Detection is the Best Protection

Assam Cancer Care Foundation observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH). On the occasion, balloons with an awareness message - ‘Early Detection is the Best Protection’ were released by Chief Guest Dr Hiranya Kumar Goswami - Principal, AMCH in the presence of prominent medical professionals, patients, and their attendants.

A quiz was held amongst the nurses and community health workers/coordinators followed by prize distribution. Dr Goswami addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of cancer awareness, early detection and how timely treatment can save life. Dr Phul Kumari Talukdar - Radiation Oncologist, ACCF and Dr Tanma Mahanta - Palliative Care, ACCF also addressed the gathering.

Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers in women worldwide. According to WHO, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Assam has witnessed a steady rise in incidence in the past few years due to lack of awareness. The risk of breast cancer increases due to many factors - some of which are age, family history of breast cancer, early age family history of breast cancer, early age at menarche, first pregnancy after 30 years, having no children, women who have not breast fed their children, late menopause, dietary factors, alcohol consumption, obesity and hormonal treatment. According to studies - if diagnosed early and treated before it spreads, five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 99 percent. Breast self-examination is a technique that people can try at home. Early signs of breast cancer can be a lump in a breast, a painful breast or armpit, or a discharge from the nipple.

ACCF has been organizing awareness and screening camps in communities across Assam with the aim to reach out to women far and wide with information about breast health and detection of breast cancer.