Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru hosted a cyclothon in the city to drive awareness on breast cancer. A joint collaboration with Go Green Go Cycling Org, the rally witnessed robust participation from over 300 cyclists including medical professionals and breast cancer survivors. The rally was flagged off at 6.30 AM from Cubbon Park.
Go Green Go Cycling started by Mr Prabhakar Rao in 2008 is an organization that aims to promote cycling; create awareness about its health benefits and environmental benefits in Bangalore and other parts of India. The group that consists of working professionals has done over 570 Sunday campaign rides. Their support played an integral role in today’s cyclothon to raise awareness on breast cancer.
Dr Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Padmashree awardee and renowned Cine Actress, Ms Abhinaya, Cine Actress and Ms Wanitha Ashok, Fitness Expert, Youth Icon and Socio-environment activist were the chief guests present at the rally in support of the cause.
The cyclists sported similar t shirts that stated ‘early detection can prevent breast cancer’. At the end of the rally, doctors from the hospital spoke emphasizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, eating right and regular exercise in preventing any cancer and particularly breast cancer. They also shared self-screening tips and listed symptoms to watch out for.In addition, cancer survivors shared their experiences on life after cancer. The rally that kick started at Karnataka State Tennis Lawn Association (KSLTA), Cubbon Park covered nearly 15 kms in city centre.
Speaking at the event, Dr Bharathi Vishnuvardhan said, “We shouldn’t take our medical check-ups for granted. Women should prioritize their health. Life may be stressful and you might have a number of roles to fulfil at home and the workplace, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet is the best bet you have at fighting this disease.”
Dr Monika Pansari, Surgical Oncologist, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru, said “World breast cancer awareness month is a reminder to all of us that when it comes to breast cancer, the difference between life and death for many women can be measured in a commitment to get regular mammograms, self-exams and regular doctor visits. There is an increasing incidence of younger women being diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a disturbing trend, as with young women, it is usually identified in advanced stages and the cancer tends to be more aggressive. In this scenario, building awareness becomes even more critical."
Ms Shailaja Suresh, CEO, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Bengaluru added, “Consult your physician if you experience any of the symptoms of breast cancer or notice any abnormality. Insist on further testing, if appropriate. Breast cancer is one of the few cancers when detected early; the treatment becomes simpler, shorter and cheaper. And more importantly complete cure is possible. At Gleneagles Global Hospital, our mission is to drive awareness, encourage early detection and provide support services.”