Over 50 Women Journalists Participate in Cancer Awareness Session organised by Fortis Mohali at Chandigarh Press Club 

Chandigarh, January 19, 2024: ( AVAJ APKI NEWS )

Fortis Hospital Mohali in collaboration with Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, held a special session on breast cancer and cervical cancer awareness for more than 50 women members at the club premises today. The session was organised in view of January being Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and upcoming World Cancer Day on February 4th 2024.

The workshop was conducted by Dr Naval Bansal, Consultant Endocrine & Breast Surgeon, Fortis Hospital Mohali and Dr. Shweta Tahlan, Consultant Gynaec Oncologist and Robotic Surgeon 

Fortis Hospital, MohaliThe participants were also given complimentary health check – up vouchers.

Dr Naval Bansal, Breast & Endocrine Cancer Surgeon, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, while addressing the members said, “Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting women and claims several lives across the world. Early detection and optimal treatment is the key to cure.  The treatment of breast cancer care has evolved and became more precise over the period of time. “Less is more“ is the new approach while operating patients with breast cancer. Earlier it was thought that full breast removal gives additional survival benefit over breast saving surgery but that doesn`t stand true in today’s era; precision and personalized surgery are the standard treatment options now.”


Dr Naval, also shed light on most advanced surgical techniques of breast conservation with reconstruction and Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy. He further stated that he had recently treated a 21-year-old breast cancer patient at Fortis Mohali.


Dr. Shweta Tahlan, Consultant Gynaec Oncologist and Robotic Surgeon Fortis Hospital, Mohali, while delivering her talk said, Gynecological cancers include cancers of uterus, cervix, ovaries, vulva and vagina. Creating awareness on cancer, in society can help in early detection of these cancers, which helps in better treatment and improved survival. The symptoms include abnormal vaginal bleeding (postcoital, postmenopausal, intermenstrual), irregular periods, foul-smelling or blood-stained vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, urinary or bowel symptoms, abdominal distension or fluid in abdomen, lump in abdomen, loss of weight or appetite, lump or ulcer in private parts.”


Dr Tahlan, further added, Screening tests (Pap smear, HPV tests) help in prevention and early detection of cervical cancer and is recommended for all women above the age of 25 years and should be done at regular intervals.HPV vaccination protects against cervical cancer and is recommended to be given to adolescent girls between 9 and 14 years of age but can be given to young women up to 26 years of age. The HPV vaccine is safe and effective. It is essential for women to stay informed, attend routine check-ups and communicate openly about their symptoms. Remember, early detection can save lives.”