Mrs Kiran Hukku gets felicitated at the Pink Chain campaign


Mrs Kiran Hukku, Director of CPAA's New Delhi branch was felicitated for CPAA's exemplary work in the field of Breast Cancer at the kickoff event for 'Pink Chain' campaign held at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi on 5th August.  The 'Pink Chain' campaign is an initiative conceptualized by a senior resident doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to create awareness about breast cancer among the youth.

Mrs. Hukku was presented the trophy by Dr. Jaipal Reddy, Hon. Minister for Science & Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences.

(L - R in photo: CPAA's Vandana Natu, Deepa Kataria, Anchor Shivani Wazir, CPAA's Director New Delhi branch Mrs. Kiran Hukku and Rashmi Warty)


HPV Laboratory Project 2013: CPAA held its first Cervical Cancer Screening by HPV DNA PCR test at the Women Health Camp, Mazgaon Docks, Mumbai, on 12th July for 132 women. Subsequently, a second HPV Screening camp was conducted for 100 women in the lower socio-economic group at Stree Hitkarni Camp at Dadar on 17th July.

CPAA offers HPV testing at no cost, at the Naigaon clinic, and CPAA's screening camps. We are grateful to Mazgaon Docks for their support and providing CPAA the infrastructure to make the HPV test available.

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in females in India, with annual incidence of 1,35,000 representing about 27% of the global cervical cancer cases. High risk oncogenic Human Papilloma Viruses (HR-HPV) are the causative agents of cervical cancer, with the HR-HPV detected in 99.7% of cervical cancers. Thus, detection of the virus in women indicates the high risk of cervical cancer in the woman. It must be noted that not all women detected with the virus, will develop cervical cancer, and persistent presence of the virus is necessary for progression to cervical cancers. Earlier screening for risk of cervical cancer was tested by a cytological test called the Pap smear test, and it was an invaluable tool for screening women. However, with advances in technology, the Pap test needs to be replaced by HPV testing as the primary test for screening for cervical cancer risk in the population. A negative HPV test performed correctly with appropriate controls and technology indicates a low/no risk of cervical cancer. If the lifestyle and life partner is not altered, the test may be repeated after a period of five years. A positive HR-HPV test with no clinical symptoms, indicates a repeat test after about twelve months. Two consecutive test with HR-HPV positive, or two of three tests at annual intervals detecting HR-HPV positive, indicates high risk of cervical cancer. Follow-up of the women will results in early cervical cancer detection, resulting in good prognosis and cure, as well as down staging of cervical cancer in Indian women.

Awareness and Early Detection:

A cancer awareness lecture was held at National Association of the Blind on 5th July by CPAA's Minal Parab.

An early detection camp was held at Shirodkar School, Lower Parel in association with JSM Medical Trust supported by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (Sewree Vibhag) on 28th July for 449 people.

A tobacco awareness program was conducted at Diamond Jubilee High school Mazgaon by CPAA's Dr. Veena Shukla , Susmita Mitra and Ketaki Karnik Dani on 13th August. The high school students along with the Principal and teachers attended this lecture. The open discussion after the presentation benefited them all.

New Delhi branch:

A Breast Cancer Support Group meeting was held on 19th July at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Gynecologist Dr. Renu Misra conducted a session on precautions to be taken by breast cancer patients and the importance of regular screening for cervical cancer. Prof. Anurag Srivastav, a senior Breast Cancer surgeon (AIIMS) answered queries by the patients. Ms. Vandana Natu gave a talk on 'Why women should not shy away from camera after mastectomy and chemotherapy, and how to enhance their self esteem in public eye.'

A special screening of the movie 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' was organised for childhood cancer patients along with their attendants by DT Star Cinema, Vasant Kunj, Delhi on 7th August. They were treated with refreshments during the movie.

Fun-filled events were organised in the month of August by CPAA at AIIMS. Flag Foundation of India donated badges through the nursing staff and resident doctors amongst the children in the pediatric wards on the occasion of Independence day. Raksha Bandhan was celebrated in CPAA’s play room on 21st August. Children made 'rakhis' followed by a drawing workshop sponsored by CIPLA Ltd. Goody bags were distributed.

A Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Campaign was conducted by CPAA on 18th July for the employees of Xerox India Ltd. Dr Kanchan Kaur, a specialist in Breast Disease from Medanta - The Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon was the chief faculty who shared her rich experience with the audience. She empowered them with the much required knowledge on the causes and warning signs of breast and cervical cancer and the need for regular health check-ups. The highlight of the program was the availability of video conferencing that connected them with the women employees of Mumbai and Bangalore branches of Xerox Co.

A cancer awareness lecture was conducted for women employees of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd on 6th August. Dr Deepali Kapoor, Psycho Oncology Department of Apollo Hospital presented a lecture on womens’ cancers.

An anti- tobacco awareness lecture was conducted for 65 employees of BHEL, Noida on 13th August. Dr Biswajyoti Hazarika, Head and Neck Surgeon and Consultant from Max Health Care presented a talk on causative facts of cancer, tobacco and the importance of regular health checkups. This was followed by a session by Dr Sajeela Miani, Tobacco Cessation specialist on quitting tobacco. She also checked the carbon monoxide levels with the help of a smoke check machine for smokers.


Rose Day 2013 :

 CPAA’s Rose Day is an initiative launched in 1994 at a time when Cancer was considered an ‘unspeakable’ word! Working towards clearing the misconceptions that shroud cancer, today Rose Day has blossomed into a range of events to give cancer patients a relief moment amidst their grueling treatment regimen. It also creates a platform for supporters to connect with our cause. Rose Day has always brought magic moments for patients through song, dance and flowers; and at the bottom of all this is the goodwill of common people, ready to give of themselves...

This year CPAA intends to focus its activities on raising money to aid the treatment and education of children suffering from Cancer. Through Rose Day 2013, CPAA plans to gather support for these children through activities aimed at creating awareness, generating leads, raising funds and taking the entire Rose Day initiative to a whole new level.

Read More: Rose Day's Inception | Skip-a-thon | Hospital Events | Doctors of Soul | Rose Day on Facebook

CPAA announces a 'Cancer Counseling Session' for Cancer Patients, Family Members and Cancer Care Givers. A 40 minute session on a one to one basis will cover the myths and mysteries; facts and fiction of the specific cancer, treatment options, side effects, any genetic component to the cancer, the psyche of the cancer patient, and the forward path. Details of the patients’s cancer should be given prior to the appointment.

CPAA also announces a 'Tobacco Cessation Counseling Session' for Tobacco Habitues constituting Tobacco Smokers, Tobacco Chewers, Users of Tobacco in any form. It is never too late to benefit from quitting the tobacco habit. Individuals who quit tobacco habits will tend to enjoy a better quality of life. Quitting tobacco habits is of utmost importance to improve your health.

Counseling session by prior appointments only. Confidentiality will be maintained. Contact: Ms. Malthi Yogeshwar on 022-24940011 / 91 / 92 / 93 | 9867438223 No charges for the counseling. Individual donation of Rs. 500 (per session) to CPAA for cancer patient support.

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Cancer Screening
(Jul - Aug 2013)
Camps / Clinics 38
Screenings 1,540
Suspected cases 534
Detected cases 0

Patient Care
(Jul - Aug 2013)
Total Aid - Rs. 11,49,697
Patients Aided 485
Patients Counseled 3,330
Information/Literature 911
Ward / room visits 384
Transport services 2,098

Cancer Insurance Policy
(1994 - 2013 Aug)
Policy enrollments 12,316
Detected cases 223
Survivors 174
Claims settled 893
Money Disbursed Rs. 49.9 million

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