Apollo conducts free cervical cancer screenings

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 08:40 hrs
Apollo conducts free cervical cancer screenings

Kolkata, Mar 18 (IBNS) Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals organized a free cervical cancer screening program, as part of the Apollo-YOUWECANinitiative.

Apollo-YOUWECAN has been formed by Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in association with YOUWECAN Foundation founded by eminent cricketer Yuvraj Singh.

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals also became the first hospital in the world to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for performing the maximum number of cervical cancer screenings in a day.

The Apollo-YOUWECAN initiative aims at organizing mass cancer screening programs across various locations in the state.

In the first phase of the initiative, a Mobile Cancer Screening Unit was launched in order to undertake cancer screening programs.

The specialized mobile unit is equipped with state-of-the art Auto Analyzers and Enzyme Analyzers for blood tests and an X-Ray machine to carry out on-the-spot blood tests and chest X-rays.

All the tests and clinical examinations were done by the on-board doctor and free consultation was provided to all.

Speaking on this initiative, Dr Rupali Basu, Chief Executive Officer - Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, said, "We are honoured to enter the Guinness Book of World Records today."

"We are committed to screen at least 1,00,000 people in a span of one year from the time of launch of this initiative and today's screening camp is a major milestone in meeting this promise."

"Early detection of cancer is imperative to curing it and we sincerely hope to make a change in people's lives in the battle for fighting cancer," said Basu.

In a message sent by Yuvraj Singh, he said, "I feel very happy that Apollo-YOUWECAN initiative has taken a big leap towards cancer screening for women in large numbers. I urge all our women of eastern India to come forward and get themselves screened for cervical cancer, so that if detected early it can be cured."

Dr Jayanta Gupta, Senior Consultant & Head of Department- Obs& Gynaecology, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, said, "Cervical Cancer is among the most common forms of Cancer that affect Indian women. Every year approximately 1,35,000 women in India die out of Cervical Cancer and about 2.5 to 3 lakh new cases are registered annually.

"However, Cervical Cancer is preventable primarily through awareness, education and screening and vaccination. Of these, screening is the most critical as it helps to detect abnormalities and thus undertake preventive measures. In India 1 woman dies every 7 minutes due to cervical cancer."

The Apollo-YOUWECAN initiative aimsto spread the message of the benefits of cancer screening so as to reduce the occurrence of cancer in the society by organizing ground activities for awareness and screening camps for masses in a structured manner.

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