“Breasts feed us, nurture us, and excite us. But the most versatile organ in the female body can also kill us.”
Every October, the world takes a pinkish glow and becomes vigilant towards the most common cancer in women worldwide, the monstrous Breast Cancer. That is why the RACFOSUOC took the initiative to conduct a webinar on Breast Cancer Awareness in this Pink October 2020 because as we trust, the awareness surrounding any particular disease is incredibly important. Currently, as there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, ‘’Early detection’’ of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control and protection.
We believe that there is so much more to breast cancer than just wearing pink. The main reason for the survival rate to be as low as 40% in third world countries is due to the lack of knowledge. With the intention of refreshing and sifting the information we already possess and to add more timely details, we used the online platform to provide the general public an informative session on this gruesome disease.
Our innocent mission, although with gigantic hopes of saving innocent lives took place in phases. The pre-webinar two weeks were the most interesting part for Rotaractors. We searched for every nook and corner on scientific, non-scientific, clinical, non-clinical, biased as well as unbiased details, no matter how minute. We publicized them comparatively through social media on how the common public thoughts on certain aspects might turn out to be true or untrue.
We focused that, not only women but men too should know how their breasts normally look and feel, so they can recognize any changes that may occur. The utmost importance of doing a BSE (Breast Self Exam) was thoroughly emphasized.
Given that backdrop, the webinar reached way more than the expected amount of crowd. It would be a huge mistake if we forget our partners who supported us in reaching the public, FOS Media, ChoKoLAATe, pulse, Lanka Hospitals PLC, and NowYouSeeMe for the massive assistance rendered in live broadcasting the event.
Our speaker for the day was a very special person, a warrior against Breast Cancer. She is none other than Dr. Nayana De Alwis, Consultant Community Physician at National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), Ministry of Health. She conducted the session giving all the facts about breast cancer, busting the common myths, guiding the partakers into a whole new educated world. The Q and A session followed was the best post-webinar memory ever.
If you can remind yourself of most of the post-lecture silent time periods we experience these days in academics, the OPPOSITE happened. The crowd was super excited about the session and partakers irrespective of gender belonging to various age categories came up with many interesting questions and Dr. Nayana de Alwis cleared their doubts successfully.
It was an absolute pleasure for us, our partners, and also the invited Guest Speaker to see the much excitement of the attendees. It made us crystal clear that there are not enough opportunities for the general public for easy access to information on disease or disease control. We felt that it is high time, we develop some technique to promote good health and easy access to information through professionals.
To sum up, whether you are a mother or father, or a husband or a son, or a niece or a nephew or uncle, breast cancer does not discriminate. Thus, knowing it exists is not enough. Get informed. Pass it on.
By. Rtr Shaini Wimalakeerthi