Globe-athon, a walk to create awareness on women’s cancer, has reached Bangalore. Supported by Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, the walk will start from Kanteerava Stadium (Main Gate) and end at Siddalingaiah Circle, Cubbon Park, at 8 am on Sunday. Globe-athon being the first ever international relay on gynaecological cancers, has 80 participating nations. It is a solidarity walk to create awareness on women’s cancers like uterine, cervical and breast cancer. Many people from the United States, Ghana, Peru, South Korea and other countries are participating in the campaign.
In Bangalore, a number of celebrities, clinicians, survivors and prominent members of society got together to spread awareness on the prevention and management of women’s cancers. “Recent times have seen an increase in the incidence of cancer in women. During 2001, nearly 0.8 million new cancer cases were estimated in India and this can be expected to increase to 1.22 million by 2016 as a result of change in size and composition of the population.
“In India, women are most affected by uterine and cervical cancer, followed by breast cancer,” said Dr M Vijay Kumar.