SMVD Narayana Superspeciality Hospital launches mobile cancer bus

Today, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi (SMVD) Narayana Superspeciality Hospital launched a Mobile Breast Cancer Screening bus equipped with Mammography unit.
Ajeet Kumar Sahu, CEO, SMVD Shrine Board, flagged-off the Mobile Mammography Unit, support from Infosys Foundation, with an initiative to reach out to the remote areas in Jammu & Kashmir and to screen people for breast cancer and educate them on early detection.
Sunil Narayana, Zonal Director, Narayana Health, Dr (Brig) MM Harjai, Chief Administrative Officer, doctors and staff of SMVDNSH were also present on the occasion.
They also highlighted many features of Mobile Cancer Bus such as wireless enabled facility to upload scanned images to the central tele-radiology centre for quick interpretation of scan by qualified radiologists; a TV will be installed outside the bus playing breast cancer awareness, for education of the public. Ajeet Kumar added to this by saying that “The mobile mammography unit is a giant step towards reaching out to the masses in order to create awareness about breast cancer and take it to remote locations where facilities to diagnose and treat cancer is not there. This initiative by the hospital team will certainly give access to timely diagnosis and treatment to more number of patients”. He further said, “We want to encourage more number of people to come forward and get them screened as this is about health and nothing about social stigma.” Mammography is the globally accepted gold standard for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Unfortunately a high percentage of women are not aware about a mammogram or its benefits. This Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit will be deployed at the various cancer screening camps in and around Jammu and Kashmir, he added. Highlighting the incidence of Breast Cancer being on the rise, Dr Gitanjali Gupta, Radiologist at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital said, “Breast cancer is on the rise and we need to take measures to ensure early diagnosis. According to a recent report, approximately 1.5 lakh patients are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in India. The mobile mammography unit is an excellent initiative by Narayana Health in reaching out to a larger population and taking cancer care to those areas where cancer specialists are not available” she added. According to Globocan, 2012 data, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among Women in our country and accounts for 27% of all cancers in Women. On an average, 1 in 28 women is likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Low density of diagnostic facilities and absence of mass screening programs for key cancers in India is a major barrier for timely diagnosis. The access to multimodality treatment options providing comprehensive cancer care is also limited.
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in Jammu is the only hospital in J&K region that provides a comprehensive cancer care treatment and is in the process of starting its Bone Marrow Transplant unit also shortly.
The hospital also has advanced Cancer therapeutic unit, which is equipped with the state’s first linear accelerator and advanced technology for Radiation oncology with MRI, CT, Mammography and high resolution scanner.

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