CHENNAI: Penn Nalam, an initiative that provides low-priced diagnostics, diagnosis and treatment of cancer for underprivileged women, has launched a mobile cancer screening unit equipped with state-of-the-art technology to offer world class screening at the doorstep.
The unit will be taken to semi-urban and rural parts of Tamil Nadu for screening, testing and treatment. The mobile cancer screening unit was launched and flagged off by K S Jamestin, director–HR, ONGC. in the presence of Martin Landauer, The Consul (Economic) and Chair, Direct Aid Program, Australian Consulate General, Chennai, and NV Balachandar, executive director–HR, Ashok Leyland.
“In India, breast cancer cases have doubled in the last 20 years. Previously, there was lack of motivation to go to the hospital or a centre to do get a test done. To overcome this fear and mental block, we have launched a mobile cancer screening Unit, to take it to their doorstep,” said Radhika Santhanakrishnan, founder, Penn Nalam.
The mobile service unit will reach out to people in various parts of Tamil Nadu, including Kancheepuram and other districts for mammographic and cervical cancer screening purposes.
Penn Nalam’s aim is to save women from cancer on time. Their services include cancer awareness programmes, cancer-screening camps, cancer chemotherapy, diagnostics such as mammography, ultrasound, colposcopy along with alternative therapies such as yoga and health counselling.
Also, it aims at bringing down the number of cancer-affected patients in society, creating cancer awareness, counselling women and family members about the disease, its progress, management and prognosis and social implications thereby improving quality of life, enabling them to continue with their routine activities, independently.
They conduct awareness camps, screenings camps, provides assistance and treatment for breast and gynecological cancers with emphasis on middle and lower strata of society and students.
With this clear vision since 2009, Penn Nalam has sentistized 1,06,336 women through 451 awareness and screening programmes in Chennai and rural areas in Tamil Nadu.
They have 4,484 patients enrolled till date for various cancer and non-cancerous etiologies with treatment and follow up, and have treated 227 breast cancer patients, 94 cervical cancer patients and 114 other cancers.