Breast Cancer Awareness in India
Researching breast awareness foundations and projects with roots not based in the United States was easier said than done. The United States has a huge heart for sharing our care and concern for other countries and those nations who may not be as advanced medically. Women are universal and issues concerning women in this country will also touch women across the world. Most efforts for breast cancer awareness and funding for such projects have corporations based in the United States. I was able to find organizations in other countries and they are doing wonderful things.
So, this week, let’s take a peek at India. I am highlighting the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation in India. The foundation is associated with the Kim-Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases in India.
The Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation and the Centre for Breast Diseases have wonderful educational resources available in PDF format for download. The resources have been researched extensively and are written in a format for ease of reading and understanding.
Mission and Vision Statements
The Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation and the Centre for Breast Diseases mission and vision are:
To make a significant and meaningful difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer or with breast health concerns through the provision of high quality, innovative, responsive services and by campaigning for excellence in breast cancer treatment and care.
To save lives & empower women & men affected with breast cancer (http://breastcancerindia.org/aboutfoundation.html).
What I found impressive of this center is they have partnered with Dr. Reddy’s Foundation for Healthcare Education & Breast Cancer Care, in the United Kingdom to collaborate on the educational material. This venture came from the diligence of Dr. P. Raghu Ram, as it was his mother, Dr. Ushalakshmi who developed breast cancer in 2002 and attention was brought before him that the women of India had very limited educational resources. Partnered here are the countries of the United Kingdom and India to provide resources for the men and women of India with breast cancer.
Do you want to know what is on both of these sites that is universal? The Pink Ribbon! Isn’t it awesome that whatever country, or whatever language, some symbols are universally understood? The Pink Ribbon is another story in itself.
Next week, let’s travel to Africa…Joyce Harrell, RN, OCN is an Oncology Registered Nurse and Wellness Coach. Joyce provides education and workshops on a variety of subjects relating to the health and wellness of cancer patients and their families, as well as the general public. Joyce practices integrative care, which is adding (not replacing) integrative therapies to conventional medicine. She can be reached through her website at http://www.poweruphealthcoaching.com.