Sakkhi-A-Thon is a Marathon to create awareness for the breast cancer movement. The NGO Sakkhi celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
The run was conducted at Cubbon park on 20th Oct . It was my first all girls run . It was a chilled out bunch with about 80% of people walking the race than running, also lots and lots of photos and selfies.!
But I must say the run was not well organised. There were no sign boards on the directions and no volunteer placement at right locations to direct the crowd in right direction due to which the 5K and 10K runners got mixed up. Girls with the blue T-shirt were running all across cubbon park. It was utterly chaotic
I reached the finish line with 7K done and I went back to finish my remaining 3K.
There was a hair donation campaign as well for helping the NGO that make wigs for chemotherapy patients.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
WHO promotes comprehensive breast cancer control programmes as part of national cancer control plans. There are a lot of runs organised by NGOs around the world this month to promote awareness and raise funds
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