Thursday, May 23, 2024

Apollo Cancer Centres launches “ArtCan” to raise awareness about Breast Cancer

The Apollo Cancer Centres (ACC), ranked among the world’s best cancer hospitals, launches – ArtCan, a unique initiative which uses art as a medium to spread awareness on Breast Cancer. Apollo Cancer Centres joined hands with mural artists and survivors to curate art that educates and empowers every woman about the importance of regular self-breast examination.

Through ancient Kerala Mural Arts, 8 steps of self-breast examination bring attention to the issue of breast cancer. Each frame reflects the story of a woman who discovered this condition while performing a self-breast examination, acted on time and defeated cancer. These eight steps have also been depicted in a book format called ‘Chitra Sutra’.

The Mural Arts were unveiled today at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi. This unique initiative was inaugurated by Mrs Amal Allana, Director Art Heritage Gallery, Lifetime Trustee, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts and Ex-Chairperson, National School of Drama along with the eminent artist Ramesh, breast cancer experts, and winners.

Speaking during the launch of the campaign, Mrs Amal Allana, Director, Art Heritage Gallery, said, “Art facilitates communication between patients and healthcare personnel by bringing forth insights from the patients’ views that can be communicated to the world. I appreciate Apollo Cancer Centres’ use of art as a medium to educate and raise awareness about self-breast examination. I’m hoping that this initiative will reach women from all over the country and help them win over breast cancer.”

Mr Shivakumar, Managing Director, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said, “In keeping with our vision of being at the forefront of cancer research, we have launched the ‘ArtCan’ breast cancer awareness campaign. It’s a popular belief that life imitates art and hence, art has the power to transcend languages and cultural barriers. Our initiative, ArtCan, will create a silent conversation and leave a deep impression on the audience. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer globally and accounts for 25% of all cancer cases in women. So, early detection is the key to better outcomes. We believe an ancient Kerala mural art is a unique medium to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of self-breast examination (SBE)”.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ramesh Sarin, Senior Consultant – Surgical Oncology, said, “In 2022, over 20 lakh cases of breast cancer have been witnessed so far. Apollo Cancer Centres has been a leader in oncology and has treated multiple complex cancer cases. Understanding and getting tested for cancer at the right time can make a difference in saving a life. This initiative of ours to teach EARLY DETECTION OF BREAST CANCER BY BSE (breast self-examination) IN THE FORM OF ART will convey a MESMERISING message to the masses SO THAT THEY ARE AWARE of breast HEALTH AND BREAST cancer and understand the symptoms to get tested at an early stage.”

The cancer winner shared her thoughts on the initiative, said, “Apollo Cancer Centre
has been my pillar of strength throughout my journey of winning over cancer. Breast cancer came with stigmas and loads of challenges, but the timely medical treatment and tender loving care of Apollo helped me through. As a survivor myself, in line with this initiative of ArtCan, I encourage women all around India to get regularly tested for breast cancer. The early detection not only increases the chances of survival but can be treated in the best way possible without complications.”

“It was truly fulfilling to work on this one-of-a-kind project, ArtCan. We are glad that Apollo Cancer Centres is using this powerful medium of storytelling through traditional Indian art to disseminate important medical information. Information that can save thousands of lives. At the same time, this effort is shining a spotlight on India’s proud artistic heritage and our master artists, which really aligns with our mission,” said Ramesh, mural artist.

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