Punjab Governor and UT Administrator,Shivraj V Patil,flagged-off the Mobile Mammography Breast Cancer unit of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH),Sector 32 from Raj Bhawan on Friday.
The mobile mammography or Dexa scan van went to sector 45 (Urban Health Centre),where 40 women above 40 years of age were screened for osteoporosis as well as breast ailments. Out of 40,10 had severe osteoporosis,20 osteopenic and 10 did not suffer any ailments. The mammography and ultrasound of the breast was done in six patients and all were found normal without any lesion in breast.
The programs goal are to make breast cancer screening more convenient,increase outreach to under served communities and reduce the disparities in care due to access. This initiative would delivers potentially life-saving technology to communities that would otherwise have little to no access to advanced breast-cancer screening, Patil said.
He emphasised on the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The breast cancer patients has best outcome in terms of life span,in case it could be detected early and treated early,like in western countries. But unfortunately in India,more women are diagnosed in late stages when the cancer has already spread, he added.
Patil said that there is a need to create awareness amongst the population of the city including its own villages and slums where everyday hundred of new migrants are setting further increasing the ratio of breast-cancer patients. It would be proved a giant step which is both population friendly as well as patient friendly at their door steps.
The mobile van which is flagged off today consists of equipments/ accessories costing Rs. 1,24,34,250. It has mammography machine,CR system and dry laser printer,ultrasound machine,Bone Densometer (DEXA),Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC),reporting PC with laser printer,bio medical waste collection (03 No’s),refrigerator (small) and air conditioners.
Dr Raj Bahadur,Director GMCH-32 said,The van will have specialised doctors along with technicians and other staff. To make an impact of awareness and helping early detection of breast cancer patients,get together of doctors and motivated women,possibly breast cancer patients can be arranged. Further,several camps can be organised in each sector of Chandigarh,villages and slums.
He added that suspected patients following this protocol will be brought to GMCH-32 and can be treated effectively by surgery chemotherapy and radiotherapy which is existing in GMCH-32.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included K K Sharma,adviser to administrator,MP Singh,principal secretary to governor,Anil Kumar,home secretary,Jaswinder Kaur,additional director administration,Dr A K Janmeja and Mohammad Shyian,Deputy commissioner and senior doctors and NGOs.