TLI Opinion: It's High Time To Change Our Mindset About Breast Cancer
Today, urban India’s 25 to 31 per cent women are susceptible to breast cancer, particularly in metropolitans like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, etc. Shockingly, mortality rates from breast cancer in India are almost double than those in the US.
Taboos And Ignorance
There are misconceptions that breast cancers happen to women with large breasts, those wearing tight-fitting or synthetic bras, using strong soap, who smoke, drink, have more children, breastfeed for very long or who do not take contraceptive pills.
It is because of these conservatism breast cancer does not get detected earlier and as a result, low survival rates in seen less developed countries. An early detection can save thousands of life.
Fighting Breast Cancer
It is only awareness and breaking free of taboos that can lead to a healthy society. Often people believe that this disease is contagious, which is not at all the case.
Today, many organisations are working relentlessly to create awareness and break the myths of breast cancer. Survivors, doctors, celebrities are coming up to share their perspectives on this disease. We have to embrace such initiatives and get a core understanding that it might happen to anyone who is closely associated with us. Tests, screenings and check-ups need to be done, and we have to make sure that it doesn’t affect our close ones.
The Logical Indian urges everyone to take the issue seriously and be concerned about this growing disease. Let us all walk towards a better society and fight against breast cancer. And that can be achieved if we become more aware and can broaden our mindset.