Breast cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, with 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer in excess of 99%. However, this rate goes down dramatically once breast cancer begins to metastasize (26% 5-year survival rate). Late detection of breast cancer also impacts treatment options in terms of possibility of breast conservation and alternative treatment programs.
Breast cancer represents the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in India, with nearly 155,000 new diagnoses in 2015. However, fewer than half these women are expected to survive beyond five years (in comparison with an 80% survival rate in the West).But Indian women are not catching this treatable disease early enough. Why? That’s what we want to find out.
Jagruk is a series of one-day Mammography Clinics in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Gurgaon. Using a mobile Mammography Van staffed with licensed medical support staff, Jagruk can screen up to thirty women in one day at a variety of locations in the NCR region. We started holding frequent camps with Delhi Commonwealth Women's Association (DCWA). Furthermore, by partnering with the BCPBF - The Cancer Foundation (The Breast Cancer Patients Benefit Foundation), Jagruk is able to provide not only breast cancer screening, but structured care for breast cancer patients - thus representing a coordinated end-to-end effort to broaden access to breast cancer screening, detection, and treatment.