After a series of eye check-up, dental check-up and ENT health camps, the Community Health project recently organised a free Cancer Screening Camp for early detection of different types of cancer in one of our project areas in Powai, with the support of CPAA (Cancer Patients Aid Association).
With the help of a team of 2 gynaecologists, 1 general physician, 1 ENT specialist and 2 counsellors, in addition to lab technician and social workers, a total of 100 women were screened at the this camp.
The camp was an all inclusive one, wherein the social workers and counselors started the check-up process by taking all the beneficiaries’ medical history of themselves as well as other immediate family members. This was followed by checkup of each of their height-weight ratio, (Body Mass Index), Blood Pressure, Blood Test, ENT checkup, general health check up, in addition to specific tests for cancer like HPV (breast and cervical testing) for each of them.
Of the total of 100 screened women, 13 were detected with having certain symptoms or doubts of illness and hence they have been referred for further check-ups and screening at the hospital; this is underway currently for definitive diagnosis.
We thank the entire team of doctors and social workers who made this camp successful for the community women, right from getting the legal permissions to mobilizing women and conducting the camp with us. We hope to reach out to more beneficiaries with our camps in the future!