Breast Cancer Awareness Program

Every October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), a national campaign to raise awareness for this cause (NBCF, 2021).

Second Year BSc Nursing students(Batch-I)  along with the faculty, Department of Community Health Nursing, MCON, MAHE in association with the Primary Health Centre,  organized an awareness program on breast cancer on 13th October 2021 at 11 am in Primary Health Centre, Hirebettu to observe/witness Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The programme began with an invocation song by Ms Lisa & the group, II year BSc Nursing students, which was followed by a welcome speech by Ms Lisa, 2nd year BSc Nursing student. Dr Narasimha Nayak, Medical Officer, Primary Health Centre, Hirebettu in his speech emphasized the importance of knowing about breast cancer, its prevention and utilization of awareness programs by women in the community and appreciated the effort of students and faculty of MCON for organizing an awareness program. A role play on warning signs, symptoms and diagnosis was performed by Ms Rangini, Beautilin & the team. Ms.Jessica Rodrigues, II year BSc Nursing student explained the causes, stages, clinical features, early diagnosis and the management which was followed by a demonstration of self-breast examination using breast model by Ms Sakshi and Ms, Varnitha, 2nd year BSc Nursing students which was followed by the redemonstration using a breast model by the participants. Dr Malathi G Nayak, Associate Professor, MCON, Manipal explained on importance of screening tests for the early detection of breast cancer.

The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Ms Rangini, the II year BSc Nursing student.  Mr Gajanan, II year BSc Nursing student was the master of the ceremony.

General public about 25 people participated in the program. The medical officer expressed that the program was very useful & informative to the community. Mrs Sumangala, Junior Health Assistant, PHC, Herebettu, ASHA workers and staff of PHC were present during the program. The programme was coordinated by Mrs Manjula, Asst. Professor, & Mrs Reshma, Lecturer, MCON, MAHE, Manipal.