A year ago, I joined Our Aaroogya team that conducted campaigns to create a meaningful series of awareness campaigns on BREAST CANCER in Mawlynnong (Asia’s cleanest village in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, India).
Interaction with Villagers
Aaroogya found diverse people who had extremes of myths on a scale of variable factors, when it comes to Breast cancer, Cervical Cancer, Uterine Cancer, etc. Team Aaroogya members first met an old Khasi lady, during introduction she refused to take part in any kind of a conversation with us, but gradually she agreed to the fact when she narrated a story of a victim of Breast Cancer in her own Life and also become a crucial part of our campaign by becoming “Aaroogya local Ambassador” to spread awareness, we could pay her a small stipend to do a month long of awareness sessions. Besides that, we met numerous people who didn’t even hear about Breast Cancer.
Explanation about Breast cancer to Mawlynnong resident
Dr. Priyanjali Datta along with a junior nutritionist and other volunteers taught them Breast self-examination or self- screening. We told them about the symptoms of breast cancer
A Change in How the Breast or Nipple Feels
- Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
- A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast (some describe this as similar to an orange peel’s texture)
A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
A Change in the Breast or Nipple Appearance
- Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling anywhere on the breast
- Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
- Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
- Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common
- For women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
- A nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
- Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting resembling the skin of an orange
Any Nipple Discharge—Particularly Clear Discharge or Bloody Discharge
- It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked to breast cancer.
We intended in Inculcating a Habit of Regular Breast Self -Examination, cast away myths, overcome body shamming, make regular preventive clinical visits to doctors, avoid unnecessary and avoidable radiation, motivate peers, and in case of a positive disease detection, seek our assistance and believe in assimilating best of treatment options with experts or preventive care for those who has a history in family of the disease.