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Noida breast cancer survivors celebrate life, spread awareness

Over 1,000 cancer survivors, children, doctors and residents of Noida and other NCR cities came together for the Pink Prabhat event at 6am on Sunday in Sector 18 to create awareness about breast cancer.

The participants danced, exercised and took part in fun activities. Doctors and residents also discussed the importance of being aware of the risk of breast cancer.

The event was organised by Bliss Foundation, a Delhi-based body formed by breast cancer survivors and doctors, aimed at creating awareness among people.

“Every year, we organise an event in Delhi-NCR where breast cancer survivors meet and interact with each other. Last year, we had organised a similar event ‘Pink Rahagiri’ at Connaught Place in New Delhi. The idea is to make this event fun-filled so that the survivors remain encouraged to lead their lives in a healthy manner,” said Nidhi Agarwal, a breast cancer survivor and founder of Bliss Foundation.

Those present took part in Zumba dance, aerobics and laughter yoga, besides activities such as playing the drums. The survivors also narrated their experience of facing cancer, accepting it and then fighting it through dedication and inner strength.

“I would like to tell the only thing to the other people fighting cancer— never give up. Your inner strength is your biggest weapon against cancer. Awareness and early diagnosis are extremely important in case of breast cancer. Usually, we see that people who have cancer tend to shy away from social gatherings but this event intends to bring them together, in an attempt to share joy and happiness,” said Reva Kumar (55), a Delhi-based businesswoman and a survivor.

“When I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 48, it was devastating for me and my family. But my family turned out to be my biggest strength. Today, I have learned to fight cancer and live life on my terms,” said Aasha Deep, a Noida-based cancer survivor.

Doctors also shared their inputs regarding cancer and emphasised on regular check-ups.

“Women in the age group of 30-40 years are also being diagnosed with breast cancer. It is lifestyle-based cancer, which is caused due to mutation of genes, often due to our surrounding environment, working habits, pollution and other factors. Almost 60% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in the third stage, which often causes problems to the patients. Therefore, one must go for regular check-ups and diagnose it early,” said Dr Geeta Kadaprath, associate director and head, breast surgery oncology, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj, Delhi.

Doctors said that breast cancer is more prevalent in women who are older than 30 years. Its symptoms include a lump in the breast, bloody nipple discharge, rashes, nipple pain, thickening of nipple or breast skin and pain in the breast.

Emphasizing on the need to control stress level among survivors, Agarwal said, “The reason we included activities such as laughter yoga, drumming and Zumba is because these are excellent stress busters for the survivors. Even children participated in pin ribbon competition.”

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