Ladies, cup a feel now
In India, at least 2000 new cases of women with cancer are detected every year; but almost 1200 of these are diagnosed in the later stages.
The first time I met somebody who had undergone mastectomy, was in the year 2000. I was a teenager then and yet unfamiliar with the consequences and treatment of breast cancer. A friend's aunt had been diagnosed with cancer and was recommended to get one of her breasts removed. I awkwardly wondered at the hollow space left behind and thought about the scars. Over the years, I have seen conversations and heard discussions happen intermittently to raise awareness of breast cancer. But, it has never been enough to compel women to initiate action. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, there is no better time than now to speak about it.