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Goodbye panic, hello Braster: How to detect breast cancer before losing your mind
Yet despite breast cancer being the biggest killer in India, Dr Kumar is of the view that women are more aware of breast cancer than cervical cancer.
“There is a fear factor with breast cancer. Women can feel the tenderness or an abnormal growth on their breast. The moment they detect a lump, they run to me. This has been my experience for the last 30 years,” she said.
The fact that a breast unlike the cervix is also an externally located organ, helps. “The visibility does make a difference.”
While Braster is a device that can act independently, observational studies have shown that combining Braster with other screening devices like mamography can increase efficiency by up to 96 per cent.
“A negative report from Braster can reduce a patient’s chance of developing breast cancer by three fold,” said Dr Kumar.
“From the age of 30, whenever a lady comes to my clinic, we do a clinical examination and teach her how to do breast self-examination. These days I also tell her to do a screening with Braster,” she said.
Mr S Ganesh Prasad Founder, MD & CEO GenWorks said “October is breast cancer awareness month and GenWorks is at the forefront of raising awareness. We have made a huge effort to provide devices to our customers to be able to run camps and to leverage this technology to service over a million customers.”
He further added “Our efforts with Government and rotary in addition to large hospitals and leading diagnostic chains has helped provide early detection and treatment. At GenWorks our care for Women Wellness is complete with such solutions that offer best in class connected care and solve for affordability and specialist access and help save precious lives of our women.”