The Forum for Breast Cancer Protection, an NGO set up by senior medical practitioners is partnering with the Heritage Motoring Club of India to organize a Vintage Car Rally, with the clarion call of : Early Detection Saves Precious Lives. The objective is to explain to women that they must not ignore issues of the breast and inform them about the screening protocol.
The purpose of the rally is to reach out to as many women and their families as possible, in different socio-economic sections of society and persuade them to go in for regular screening.
The Forum for Breast Cancer Protection is headed by Dr. Ramesh Sarin, Senior Consultant, Surgical Oncology and Dr. (Col.) C.S. Pant, VSM, Consultant Radiologist. Dr Sarin said, “We hope to make thousands of women aware of breast cancer and the importance of early detection through regular screening. Indian women tend to ignore their own health and concentrate on the health of their families. They also feel very embarrassed when faced with issues of the breast. We want to remove this wall of silence and keeps the conversation flowing”.
Dr. (Col.) Pant added, “A greater cause of concern is that most Indian women only seek medical advice when their cancer had progressed tragically, leading to the physical and emotional scarring of breast removal, the spread of cancer to other parts of the body and the needless loss of life. When it comes to breast cancer, knowledge is not just power, it is life. If every woman knows how to conduct a breast self-examination, knows when to start the screening regimen, thousands of lives can be saved.”
The event ‘Drive To Defeat Breast Cancer’ will be held on Sunday, 18th October, 2015.
The Vintage Car Rally will see Breast Cancer survivors not only riding these vintage cars but also participating in a fashion show by Designer Puneet Kochhar. These are women who have been treated successfully for breast cancer and triumphed over the disease. These valiant women will represent ‘Happiness Surrounds Us’, a support group of young survivors who are spreading awareness about breast cancer.