The role of genetics in the possibility and progress of the disease was discussed.

Al Saad Indian School has always taken initiatives in creating awareness about health and wellness not only for students but also for the parents and the teachers. In connection with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pinktober initiative of the Health & Wellness Club of the school, a Breast Cancer Awareness session was conducted on November 1, 2022 for the parents and the staff. The speaker of the day, Dr. Divyatha Jayaram, Specialist Obstetrics & Gynecology, Burjeel Farha Hospital, Al Ain, ( Health Partner of Bhavans Schools in Al Ain ) handled a very informative session on Breast Cancer Awareness.

“Such initiatives call for educating the widest and the most important segment of the society, our women. But it’s crucial for everyone to be aware about breast cancer. Breast Cancer is most often found in women, but men can get breast cancer too.”, said Dr. Divyatha, while addressing the gathering.

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She disseminated the awareness on the general perceptions of breast cancer, myths and the need for self-examination for the women of different age groups. She reminded the audience about the importance of undergoing health appraisal procedure through various screening tools such as breast self-examination, mammography and ultrasound or MRI. She urged the audience to routinely perform breast self-exams as part of their overall breast cancer screening strategy. After the illuminating session, the audience took part in an interactive session and cleared their misconceptions regarding breast cancer. The role of genetics in the possibility and progress of the disease was discussed. The guest speaker also highlighted the fact that the Indian population was most susceptible to Breast Cancer in the world and this was mainly due to the lack of timely and routine check up. The guest speaker also promised free consultations and mammograms for the staff and parents who are above 40. Preventing the spread of any disease through awareness is the first step to combat it, while certain lifestyle changes can lower the risk. Dr. Divyatha also enlightened the audience on the availability of vaccines for Cervical Cancers and how this helps combat and prevent the onset of this type of Cancer.

Al Saad Indian school believes that such initiatives will prove beneficial for the parents as well as the staff. Towards the end of the session, Director, CA Divya Rajesh Ramachandran handed over a token of appreciation to the guest speaker in the presence of Principal, Dr. Bhavna Gupta.

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