First Thermal breast screening camp held

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Panaji: The first thermal breast cancer screening camp was held in SPARC health care Center today on 04/02/2023.

The camp was organised by Bhatikar Charitable Trust in Association with Indian Medical Association Bicholim and was supported by Lupin Oncology, GOKARMA Oncology Association and Niramai Health Analytix Pvt Ltd.

Around 100 ladies were benefited by this unique and accurate, automated, portable breast cancer screening device consisting of thermal camera and Artificial Intelligence based reporting technology.

Reputed oncologist from the state, Dr Shekhar Salkar inaugurated the medical camp in the presence of Dr Ketan Bhatikar, MD-SPARC, miss priya chari zilla parishad member,Shri rajesh Kawlekar ex sarpanch, sushant kawlekar social worker and mrs maria and other Social workers from Ponda.

While speaking to the media Dr Salkar said that, this is the first such kind of initiative that a no-touch, no- radiation and highly accurate thermal based system is used to detect any abnormal conditions in breast including breast cancer.

Dr Salkar, in his appeal to the public said that women are the backbone of household and maintaining their dignity and health is of utmost importance, he added that women should come early to seek medical advice upon experiencing any health problems as early detection saves lives.

Dr Salkar lauded the efforts of Government for exemplary work in public health including DDSSY scheme which has benefited numerous cancer patients.

Dr Ketan Bhatikar said that it gives him immense satisfaction as a medical professional to conduct such free camps for the public of Ponda, he mentioned that as a social worker he is committed to the wellness of fellow Goans and his organisation has conducted diverse healthcare initiatives in the past with common aim of improving health.

Zilla parishad member Priya chari expressed happiness that an women centric health can was organised and assured that many more such camps will be held in future to help women overcome health issues, she also thanked the technical team to coming all the way from Bangalore to conduct the camp.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in every 12 women have the risk of a breast abnormality. Early diagnosis is very critical to decrease mortality rates.

The method used in today’s camp is developed by Niramai Health Analytix Pvt Ltd, Banglore and is accurate, automated, portable cancer screening tool that can be operated anywhere, it is radiation free, non-touch, not painful and works for women of all ages, This unique solution can be used as a cancer diagnosis test in hospitals, for regular preventive health checkups, and also for large scale screening in rural and semi-urban areas.

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