Breast Cancer is the most prevalent cancer worldwide and accounts for 1 in 4 cancer cases in women. Every October, people around the world show concern and support to the women affected by the breast cancer by campaigning throughout the month to spread awareness about life threatening disease.
To be a part of this campaign, the department of Life Sciences & Allied Health Sciences, SBBSU (under the aegis of IQAC and IIC) organized an expert lecture on “Breast cancer Awareness” on 9th November 2022 in the Seminar Hall, Block 5 of SBBSU. The major objective of the event was to educate all female community including faculty, staff and students of SBBSU about the breast health in general and symptoms of breast cancer along-with importance of screening for the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
The session was inaugurated with the formal welcome of resource person, Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, MBBS, MS, DNB (Surgical Oncology) a renowned cancer specialist from Shrimann Super Speciality Hospital, Jalandhar with bouquet and memento. The speaker of the day gave presentation regarding prevalence, causes and major risk factors leading to breast cancer. More than 160 female students, faculty and staff members from various disciplines of Life Sciences & Allied Health Sciences attended this lecture.
The expert informed that incidences of breast cancer have risen dramatically in the last four decades and it has now become the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Some of the risk factors leading to breast cancer are tobacco use, high body mass index, alcohol consumption, low fruit and vegetable intake and lack of physical activity.
The most common symptoms of the breast cancer are lumps in the breast area or near underarm, thickening or swelling of the part of breast, redness or flaky skin in nipple area or breast, discharge from nipples other than breast milk or pain in breast or nipple area.
The expert also told the fact that although, mortality rate due to breast cancer is high yet the early detection, timely treatment followed by palliative and survivorship care can help to tackle the growing breast cancer burden. He also highlighted the importance of following healthy eating habits and life style to reduce the risk of development of breast cancer.
Overall, the session was very informative and enlightening for all. The event was concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr Shweta Singh, Dean UIS.