As part of the World Breast Cancer Awareness month, teams of healthcare workers conducted a Breast Cancer awareness and free screening programme at Imphal College on Thursday.
The programme was jointly organised by NCD Cell Community Health Centre, Wangoi, under the aegis of District Health Society, Imphal West in collaboration with Department of Surgery, JNIMS.
Speaking on the occasion, medical officer in-charge of Wangoi Community Health Centre Dr Ningthoujam Sushila stated that cervical cancer, oral cancer and breast cancer were the three most prevalent forms of cancer among women.
Among these, breast cancer is rising and hence, there is a need to slow down the uptick by ramping up awareness about the disease among women, she added.
She highlighted that the awareness event had been organised under National Health Mission’s National Programme for Control of Non-Communicable diseases.
“The main objective of the programme is to create awareness, screen and provide counselling on treatments,” she said.
She highlighted that early detection of breast cancer among women would immensely aid in providing the necessary treatment to cure the disease.
Women should volunteer to get screened, she added.
She stated that the programme had been organised to create awareness about breast cancer among the masses especially the female population.
“The month-long observation has been organised at the college to educate the students especially the female students about the disease,” she said.
During the programme, several female students of the college were also screened by the health experts.
Representatives from Surgery department JNIMS along with teachers and students of the college were present during the programme.