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Nab Discovering Hands

November 30 2018 , Written by Ambika

Nab  Discovering Hands
Nab  Discovering Hands

Isn't it distressing that 1 out of 22 women in Delhi will develop breast cancer in their lifetime? This clearly indicates that in present times no one is untouched from the horrors of this fatal disease. While there is a notion that women who are 40 plus years of age are more likely to have breast cancer, but recently I came across a case where an 18-year-old student was suffering from this unfortunate disease.

 

Can you imagine the plight of an 18-year-old girl who should be completely focusing on her career and instead is now fighting with breast cancer today? This clearly indicates that we all, irrespective of our age face the risk of developing breast cancer.

 

Being a woman, we normally look after our family and loved ones first, but what about us? If we don't take care of ourselves then who will take care of our family and our kids?

 

Okay, let's put up an honest question to ourselves, How much we know about breast cancer? Its symptoms and most of all its prevention in early stages? I am sure most of us will be left with a confused face when it comes to answers.

 

Recently my interest to know more about it strengthened when I was informed about the amazing concept called Medical Tactile Examination by National Association for the Blind Centre for Blind Women, New Delhi.

 

NAB Centre for Blind Women in collaboration with a German social enterprise Discovering Hands has come up with the whole new initiative in India to help visually challenged women who harness their pronounced tactile capabilities for early detection of breast cancer.

 

These differently abled girls undergo rigorous training of 9-12 months and upon graduating, join hospitals as MTE's - Medical Tactile Examiners.

 

This technique is developed by Dr. Frank Hoffmann, a German Gynaecologist. In this methodology they train visually impaired women, leveraging their highly developed tactile sense to detect even the minutest abnormalities in breasts.

 

Breast cancer is one of the major diseases which is found among women in today's date. As per Dr. Mandeep S Malhotra, HOD of surgical oncology at Fortis Hospital in Delhi, “Most of the women come to know about it when they have already reached stage 2-3.” According to him, the life of 90% of women can be saved if it is detected at an early stage.

 

“Mammography screening is mainly applicable to those women who are above 40 years of age, however, 30% of Indian women have dense breast which are not suitable for a  mammogram.” he added.

 

We must take note that breast cancer is rising rapidly in our country and especially in metropolitan cities.

 

Below are the key reasons which put women at a high risk of developing breast cancer-:

  • Early onset of puberty (<12 years)

  • Late menopause/ Hormonal therapy

  • No or late pregnancy

  • Limited or no breastfeeding

  • Alcohol/ tobacco consumption

  • Obesity/ Stress

  • The family history of breast/ovarian cancer

 

So girls and ladies out there, it is high time to take care of ourselves. I took time out and got myself checked by an MTE at Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj to ensure that I am free from any symptoms of breast cancer. The best part is that the entire procedure is completely manual and radiation free.

 

The MTEs use their fingers to detect any lumps by administering different pressures cm by cm on your breasts. They share the report with the Doctor. If any lumps are detected, the doctor advises the further course of action.

 

As the saying goes ''Prevention Is Better Than Cure'',  so by doing a regular monthly self breast examination and going through a checkup with MTE every six months, you can relieve yourself from the anxiety of developing breast cancer. This will go a long way in ensuring happiness and a healthy life

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According to survey by Gadge Diabetes Centre: Maharashtrian’s, Gujarati, Marwadi & Muslims are more prone to diabetes

November 15 2018 , Written by Ambika

~ 14% youngsters at higher risk of diabetes

 

 Gadge Diabetes Centre conducted a screening of 5888 people from Jan, 2018 to 15th Oct 2018 among different communities for diabetes age group varying from 20 years to 60 years and above. Out of 5888 people, 1814 people diagnosed with high sugar comprising of 806 males and 1008 female. Study has been conducted in various parts of western suburb from Andheri to Dahisar among communities Marathi, Gujarati, Marwadi, Muslim, Punjabi, South Indians and others with an intention of the study to understand the prevalence of diabetes in different communities. The standard questionnaire like eating habits, lifestyle, family history and physical activities were asked to those patient which are diagnosed with the high sugar.

 

Study has revealed that Marathi, Gujarati and Marwardis are more prone to diabetes in comparison to other communities. In similar line Muslims are also equal to these communities. Out of total 5888 people, total were 1814 diabetic comprising of Gujarati diabetic patients were 418, Marathi are 398, Marwadi 392, South Indian 78, Punjabi 98, Bengali 69, Muslim 278 and others were 83. Female were 1008 whereas male was 806. Age group 20-40 were 263, whereas 822 patients were from 41 to 60 years and 729 were above 61 years. In total diabetes patient 14.49% are falls in the age group of 20 to 40 which is alarming.

 

 

Dr Pradeep Gadge, Chief Diabetologist, Gadge Diabetes Centre said, “we have done more than 100 screening camps in different locations from Andheri to Dahisar. Diabetes has taken place in each and every house. Diabetes being a lifestyle disorder its prevalence depends on dietary behavior & cultural factors. Also ethnicity, your work pattern (sedentary or active), mental stress decides your diabetes risk.”

 

Certain communities like Gujaratis & Marwadis are more prone to diabetes due to their dietary pattern (high carb & high fat intake) and also due to sedentary lifestyle as well as mental stress (since most are businessman & have high mental stress) plus sleep deprivation. Marathis on the other hand are predominantly carb eaters which increase their risk. With Muslim community the risks are more as they eat high fat, calories dense foods (especially non vegetarian) and have erratic dietary timings said, Dr.Gadge.

 

 

Patient Screened during free diabetes checkup camp between Jan 2018 to 15th Oct 2018

Area : Andheri to Dahisar

Age Group : 20 to 60 and above

Caste

Total Patient Screened

Total Diabetes patient

Percentage %

Marathi

1000

398

39.8

Gujarati

1000

418

41.8

Marwadi

1000

392

39.2

South Indian

500

78

15.6

Punjabi

500

98

19.6

Bengali

500

69

13.8

Muslim

1000

278

27.8

Others

388

83

21.39175258

Total

5888

1814

 

 

 

 

 

Caste wise Bifurcation

 Male Diabetic

Female Diabetic

Total Diabetes patient

Marathi

208

190

398

Gujarati

168

250

418

Marwadi

157

235

392

South Indian

49

29

78

Punjabi

44

54

98

Bengali

32

37

69

Muslim

121

157

278

Others

27

56

83

 

806

1008

1814

 

 

 

 

Age Group

Caste wise Bifurcation

20-40

41-60

61 & above

Total Diabetes patient

Marathi

60

179

159

398

Gujarati

78

188

152

418

Marwadi

53

176

163

392

South Indian

10

33

35

78

Punjabi

12

46

40

98

Bengali

8

32

29

69

Muslim

37

131

110

278

Others

5

37

41

83

 

263

822

729

1814

 

 

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