Every September is observed as teal month, with the symbol of the teal ribbon helping women around the world gain an understanding of ovarian cancer. In a bid to show support to women who have gone through ovarian cancer Paras Bliss, Panchkula, is lighting up the hospital, on 10/09/2016.
The hospital recognizes that ovarian cancer is a growing concern in India and that women are not aware of the potential harm it can cause. Therefore, doctors organized an ovarian cancer awareness camp, to help women understand what this gynecological cancer is and what the risk factors are.
Dr Heena Chawla, Consultant, Gynecology-Oncology & Endoscopic Surgeon, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula said, “September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and it is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths for women in the country. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed in advanced stages because there are no reliable early symptoms. Even in more advanced tumors, symptoms and signs are vague and nonspecific and can be confused with other ailments, especially those of the GI tract. Hence most women don’t seek help until the disease has begun to spread.”
Ovarian cancer is the third most common cancer amongst Indian women. The risk factors of this cancer are age, affecting older women over 45; obesity—those who are obese are at greater risk; a family history of ovarian cancer or other gynecological cancers. Women who have had frequent miscarriages are also at risk.
“We got many queries from women about the problem of ovarian cysts. We had to reassure them that these are non-cancerous. However, we also asked women to be vigilant about their health. Ovarian cancer is difficult to fight if detected late, while early diagnosis can save lives,” said Dr Heena Chawla, Consultant, Gynecology-Oncology & Endoscopic Surgeon, Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula.
The reputed hospital has arranged for screening tests for those who are at risk. They have also made an effort to spread awareness about this silent killer by distributing flyers, sending out messages through SMS, and calling women in the community. The hospital also offers surgery and treatment modalities such as chemotherapy for women of all age group.