Dwarka, October 21st, 2023: HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, organised an all-women bike rally today to raise awareness about breast cancer. The 10-kilometer oncology rally, flagged off by the Oncology Department, began at HCMCT Manipal Hospital Dwarka at 7 a.m. and ended at Sector 9 Dwarka Police Station. During this rally, more than 50 motorcyclists, including the women motorcycle groups rode alongside local community groups, ladies’ clubs, and doctors from HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka.
Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among Indians; at Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, one out of three patients we meet at cancer OPD has breast cancer; the most common age group is 50-60. Our aim of this rally is to increase public awareness about cancer and its impact on our community. The event addressed the importance of community screening programs, preventive measures, early detection, and advances in technology that have improved breast cancer patients’ survival results.
Flagging off the bike rally, Dr. Durgatosh Pandey, Head of Oncology Sciences & Consultant – Surgical Oncology, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, said, “Breast cancer has become the most common health condition among women in India. Stress, unhealthy eating habits, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and air and water pollution have all been linked to the rise in cases among young Indian women. It is important that we take this condition seriously and understand the importance of early detection and timely treatment. With this bike rally, we aim to equip women with knowledge about self-screening methods and preventive measures for breast cancer. This can help in improving the quality of life.”
“At Manipal Hospitals, we’re committed to raising awareness and encouraging timely checkups for breast cancer,” said Ms. Viji Varghese, Hospital Director, Manipal Hospital, Dwarka. “We celebrate World Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October to highlight the importance of caring for ourselves and our loved ones. Our comprehensive cancer treatment center and oncology department, equipped with advanced technologies, enable us to treat critical cancer conditions. This rally showcases our commitment to inspiring people to prioritize their health, participate in regular screenings, and join the fight against breast cancer. We focus on personalized cancer care plans for each of our patients.