Walkathon at India Gate to raise awareness on breast cancer

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) Breast cancer is the most malignant condition in women in India. It is responsible for early onset of ovarian cancer, with 70 per cent of breast-ovarian cancer families linked to it.

Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in 20 in 1960 to one in eight today. Based on the cancer registry data it is estimated that there will be about 800,000 new cancer cases in India every year.

A walkathon was conducted around the outer circle of India Gate here today, to create awareness and impart information on 'Breast Cancer' and avoid fatalities associated with it.

The walkathon was flagged off by first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi, who also walked a kilometre along with the participants. "It is heartening to see so many people stand up and support the cause," said Union Minister for Women and Child Welfare , Mrs Renuka Chaudhary who was the guest of honour in the event.

"It is nice that so many people irrespective of age and gender have gathered here for a cause and all the cancer survivors have my deepest admiration and salute," added Mrs Chaudhary.

The participants in the walkathon saw people from all walks of life along with cancer patients themselves and innumerable survivors who were eager to share their stories. "It is very important for a cancer patient to get pivotal support from the family and friends as nothing but love and constant motivation works wonders for the cancer victim," said a breast cancer survivor and now a voluntary worker with Cancer Sahyog, Mrs Sarita Kalia, a businesswoman who takes care of her joint family at the same time.

Also present at the event was famous model and actor Dino Morea who participated in the walkathon and also motivated the cancer patients to keep up the fight against cancer. "Breast cancer is a crucial issue to be addressed. I feel fantastic to be associated with it," said Morea. On being asked as to why he associated himself with this particular cause, he told UNI , "I like to be associated with such social causes and if I can't help financially I make sure that I am physically present to create awareness and help in whatever way I can." A short cultural programme was organised by the Cancer Society after the walkathon. Kids as well as elderly women poured their heart out when speaking about their life experiences.

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