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Published on October 14th, 2015

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Maharashtra skateboards for breast cancer awareness

Skateboarders from across the State convened recently at Bandra to spread awareness about rising incidence of breast cancer in India.
by The Editors | editor@themetrognome.in

October is known as Breast Cancer Awareness month. In India, however, despite rising numbers of breast cancer victims, many women are still shying away from speaking about the disease. There is also widespread ignorance about the disease and its symptoms, which renders it undetectable for long.

Understanding that breast cancer continues to the leading killer of Indian women, the DS Research Centre came up with the idea of spreading awareness about breast cancer. They decided to do this with a skateboarding rally, which would travel the length and breadth of the country all this month. The rally kicked off in Mumbai at Bandra with over 50 skateboarders from across Maharashtra participating in it.

The next phase of the rally goes to Bengaluru.

Some facts about breast cancer:

– Breast cancer accounts to about 29.7% of all cancers in women.

– Approximately 2,000 to 2,500 new cases of breast cancer are detected every year in Mumbai, and the number is increasing.

– Presently, breast cancer is more common in the younger age group and 52% of all women suffering from breast cancer in Mumbai are below 50 years of age.

– A significant number of patients are below 30 years of age.

– Men can get breast cancer too.

– 1 out of every 2 women detected with breast cancer is in the terminal stages of the disease in India.

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