Hyderabad: Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital, LB Nagar today hosted a walkathon in the city, to drive awareness on breast cancer. A yearly initiative from the hospital, this year the rally saw strong involvement from over 150 participants including medical professionals and members of the local community.
The rally was flagged off at 7.00 AM from Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital and culminated at Priyadarshini Park near Saroor Nagar Lake. The rally was flagged off by Mr. Devireddy Sudheer Reddy, MLA, LB Nagar in the presence of Mr. M. Srinivasa Rao, Corporator – LB Nagar, Dr. Mervin Leo, Acting COO, Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital, LB Nagar and Dr. Karunakar Reddy, GM – Operations, Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital, LB Nagar.
Mr. Devireddy Sudheer Reddy, MLA, LB Nagar, said, “Breast cancer could occur in the lives of any of our loved ones. The theme of this awareness campaign, that is, to ‘take charge, get screened’ is a message that has to reach one and all. Men have to play an equally important role in supporting the women in their lives by encouraging them to go in for regular screening and check-ups as advised by the doctors.”
Dr Revanth Gangasani, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncologist, Aware Gleneagles Global Hospital, said “Breast cancer incidence is on the rise not only in urban population but in rural areas too. Our aim as oncologists is to not only treat breast cancer patients but also to create awareness about the disease and educate women that life after breast cancer can be completely normal. The only pre-requisite is that of ‘early detection’ and this is feasible only if women are made aware of screening tests like breast self-examination, mammogram etc. Out of all, annual mammogram after the age of 40 years is considered to be the gold standard. This event is being organized to convey the same message to all women – ‘take charge of your own health; get yourself screened.’”
We should educate ourselves about cancer. This goes a long way in reducing the fear that cancer is the end. A positive attitude and conviction that you are in the path to total recovery is essential in the fight against cancer.
Follow your treatment diligently and try to take things in your stride. And once it is successfully treated, go on to live a full and active life. Cancer does not have to define you for the rest of your life. With support from your family and a will to live life, you can win over any difficult situation.
The aim of the walkathon was to emphasize, while early detection and prompt and appropriate treatment is critical, a positive attitude is what will finally get one through the experience.