This year on World Cancer Day many organizations came forward to create awareness about early detection and cancer prevention. Many students of different institutes stood at signals holding placards and there were many rallies on the roads bringing attention to various prevention tips, informing the public about signs to reduce cancer morbidity and improve patients’ chances of survival. The most honorable initiative was taken by the Cancer Institute (WIA), Adyar, Chennai. The cancer institute gave silicon breast prosthesis to women who have undergone mastectomy (breast removal) due to breast cancer. 

This initiative was supported by HCL Foundation. Now every time a woman who undergoes mastectomy at the institute will receive prosthesis by the institution. The cancer institute gave silicon breast prosthesis to rehabilitate the condition of women after undergoing treatments and mastectomy. 

Arvind Krishnamurthy, professor, and Head, Department of Surgical Oncology at the institute, said “Earlier, every appropriately-staged woman with breast cancer had to necessarily undergo a mastectomy. However, over the last three decades, the option of breast conservation has become available, especially for women with early-stage cancers, with survival outcomes similar to the traditional mastectomy approach. Breast conservation is also an option for highly-selected women with advanced-stage breast cancers, who respond well to upfront chemotherapy.”

“Rehabilitative options include plastic surgery or prosthetic rehabilitation with silicon. Hence, we at the Cancer Institute are giving women, who have undergone a mastectomy, the option of external silicon prosthesis. It will be given free for patients who cannot afford the same,” he added.

Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. In India, the mastectomy rates are high so there is a definite need to rehabilitate these women. Awareness, early diagnosis, proper medical treatments and removal of social stigmas can help make it less painful for the women who are suffering from breast cancer.