School Education and Public Works Minister Punjab Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, on Monday, inaugurated Breast Cancer awareness and free program here at Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital (HBCH), Sangrur. As the awareness program has been started today, the free screening of the patients will be done from October 16 to October 30. Till now HBCH, Sangrur has registered 16,000 patients, out of which 2842 were of breast cancer. While addressing the gathering inside the auditorium of the hospital, the cabinet minister said that breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the world and early detection of this disease could help to save multiple lives of females. He added that the unit of Tata Memorial Centre, HBCH has continuously been providing quality and affordable services to the patients of the region. He said that HBCH, Sangrur has been equipped with all modalities of Diagnostic, Medical, Surgical & Radiation facilities to treat Breast Cancer Patients. He added that now, it is the time to make the women aware by providing them practical information about self detection of breast cancer.
Mr. Vijay Inder Singla said that more than 90 percent patients have been getting free treatment at HBCH Sangrur as cashless treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh under the Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana. He added that he and his government was committed to provide better healthcare services to the people of the region and Satellite Centre of PGI at Ghabdan and Unit of Tata Memorial Centre, both were the perfect examples of this commitment.Meanwhile, specialists of HBCH said that the Incident Rate of Breast Cancer in the world is 46.3 per lac population and in India the Incidence rate is about 24.7 per lakh population, whereas the incidence of breast cancer in Punjab State 20.6 per lac population and in Sangrur District is 16.7.October month is observed as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the globe to promote awareness about early detection of breast cancer, education about prevention and various treatment options available. HBCH, Sangrur also run an EDP (Early Detection Program) since 2019 and covered 37 rural areas and 17 urban areas covering a population of 86,000.On this occasion, Director HBCH Dr. Rakesh Kapoor, HoD Department of Radio-diagnosis Dr. Rahatdeep Brar, Assistant Medical Superintendent Dr. Nitin Marathe and several others were also present.