Breast Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women worldwide. However it is an issue that is neglected by many people. Techfest, IIT Bombay in association with several NGOs in India, launches Nidaan, one of the countries most extensive initiatives on Breat Cancer Awareness and Prevention. The program is dedicated to explaning everyone about what Breast cancer is and also teaching some self diagnosis techniques.

What is Breast Cancer?

"Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, accounting for one in four cancer cases. It is the most frequent cancer amongst both males and females and is the leading cause of death from cancer in women. The 2.3 million new cases indicate that one in every eight cancers diagnosed in 2020 is breast cancer. In 2020, there were an approximated 700,000 deaths from breast cancer, with a disproportionate number of these deaths occurring in low-resource settings.

Breast cancer cells usually form a tumour that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. It becomes advanced breast cancer if spread outside the breast through blood vessels and lymph vessels. Breast cancer may spread to other parts of the body, it is said to have metastasised, and is referred to as metastatic breast cancer.

Under the initiative Nidaan, we strive towards building a society where people are aware about what breast cancer is and take proper precautions to reduce the number of deaths caused due to breast cancer."

Why Breast Cancer Awareness?

Awareness surrounding breast cancer is essential as early detection, through screening, can catch the disease when it is most treatable, and further actions can be taken on time. Also, one of the biggest reasons raising awareness about breast cancer is important is that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and it is the second leading cause of death among women.

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