Helpline for breast cancer detection

The helpline would educate and empower women on taking charge of their own health by practising regular self-examination.

Published: 15th October 2012 01:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2012 01:08 PM   |  A+A-

In a bid to raise awareness on cancer, with focus on early detection of breast cancer, the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital here has launched a cancer helpline. The helpline has a toll-free number 08280080712 enabling people to call up for counselling and guidance.

The helpline would educate and empower women on taking charge of their own health by practising regular self-examination to identify any changes, scheduling visits to their healthcare provider, adhering to prescribed treatment and knowing facts on recurrence, head of surgical oncology Dr Sunil Agrawala said.

The problem of breast cancer is growing at an alarming rate due to ignorance on the part of the afflicted. In India, about four out of five breast cancer patients are detected at an advanced stage.

A psycho social taboo regarding breast cancer is a major cause for late detection as a majority of women do not come for treatment at early stage.

The need of the hour is to create awareness on the disease so that there is wider acceptance, resulting in early treatment, superintendent Dr P K Mohanty said.

“Breast cancer is one among the few cancers that can be cured completely. But the treatment needs proper planning,” said Dean Dr D K Ray.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp