Before Pinktober is over, we quickly decided to put this out because it is a cause very important to us. As women, especially in South Asia we are taught to be ashamed of our breasts and cover them with a dupatta, the mere sight of a bra strap elicits haw haye at covering yourself up. But your breasts are there and they deserve your care and attention. About 1 in 8 women will suffer from breast cancer even though if detected early, it is highly treatable. Self examinations and clinical examinations are very important to see any abnormalities in your breast tissue, areolas and nipples.
As part of the Think Pink campaign, we were invited to Chughtai Lab on an event about breast cancer awareness. The event was held to spread awareness of this disease and the benefits of early detection. “If you’re above 20 years, you need to examine yourself monthly”, according to Dr. Sehba Arij, Consultant Pathologist at Chughtai Lab. She stressed on the importance of self examinations and how they will help detect cancer. Here is a helpful video that tells you how to perform a breast examination by yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Muniba Mazari, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Chughtai Lab, also spoke at the event and implored young women to take their health seriously and opt for self-examination on a regular basis. “Breast cancer is a topic that is hardly talked about by either men or women. It is because of this societal taboo that many women keep on suffering for a long period of time until the cancer reaches a stage where it becomes harder to treat than it would initially have been.” She implored young women not only to learn to self-examine, but teach other women to do so as well.”It isn’t just about combatting the disease but also breaking the taboo of talking about diseases and ailments of all kinds. The more we talk about these things, the easier they will be to treat.”
The folks at Chughtai Lab are always available with their services which include free home sample collection service, online and emailed lab reports, SMS alerts and the custom Chughtai Lab mobile app. Please take care of your girls, don’t sleep with a bra on and always speak up about about issues concerning women’s health because this is a surefire way to make a change in your communities. Start with your mothers, daughters, sisters, female domestic staff. Encourage them to get screenings and always, think pink.