Google Hangouts is an exciting new platform to interact with people all over the world and in my personal opinion, it is much better than Skype. I recently took two webinars for students all over the country regarding the USMLE exams using this platform. The live feed and the recording were watched by a lot of students and http://www.internetmedicine.com even wrote a story about my webinars.
Dr. John Bennett, a retired doctor based out of Miami organizes these hangouts regularly on various topics. He has been encouraging doctors to use this platform and share their knowledge with students/ colleagues all across the globe.
On the occasion of World Cancer Day, a new mobile mammography unit was launched in Bangalore. This is a joint venture between Narayana Hospitals and is partly supported by the Nilekani family. This is the second functional unit in the city and it will help in spreading Breast Cancer Awareness. Similar units are functional in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa and UP.
These units not only help in conducting mammograms, which help in early detection of lesions but also create awareness regarding breast cancer by distributing educational material and training women to carry out breast self examination. With the increasing incidence of breast cancer, more mobile units are required in the country to reach out to the masses.
This year’s theme for the World Cancer Day – “Debunk the Myths” is very apt for our country. Four myths have been highlighted by in this year’s agenda:
Myth 1: We don’t need to talk about cancer
Truth: Whilst cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level.
Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer
Truth: For many cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.
Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer
Truth: There is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level and with the right strategies; a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.
Myth 4: I don’t have the right to cancer care
Everyone should come together and spread these messages across the community, so that maximum people can benefit from them. Another point which needs attention in our country is the Social Stigma, which some cancer survivors have to face. It needs to be highlighted that cancer is not contagious and that a cancer patient/survivor has the right to live a normal life.
Truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.