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Pink run sends healthy message

The fourth edition of Pinkathon to send the message loud and clear on women health and prevent breast cancer and other health problems by avoiding sedentary lifestyle and obesity evoked a big response in the city on Saturday.

The Beach Road turned pink with hundreds of women with children, men and students wearing pink T shirts took part in the early morning in the run. The run was conducted in 3K, 5K and 10K categories. Many cancer survivors and students from the Government School for Visually Challenged participated in the walk.

Late marriages

‘India going pink’ is a movement being spread by United Sisters Foundation, like-minded organisations and advocacy groups. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao flagged off the run in the presence of actor-turned-model Milind Soman and ACP (Traffic) Kinjarapu Prabhakar.

A large number of enthusiastic youngsters took part in the run with many of them uploading photos of the event on social media sites. Dr. Sajeeda, consultant radiologist at Vijaya Medical Centre, who participated in the run, said almost 20% of women were suffering from breast cancer and underlined the need for preventive care by undertaking regular check-up. She said awareness would lead to early detection. Speaking to
The Hindu
, Dr. V. Muralikrishna, managing director, Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital, said due to sedentary lifestyle and late marriages, the incidence of breast cancer was on the rise. Many in the age of 30 to 40 years were also diagnosed as suffering from breast cancer, he added.

He said one should avoid higher body mass index (BMI) and overweight. Avoiding breastfeeding and getting married at late were also considered as factors causing breast cancer.

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