To celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year, Nag Foundation, a Pune-based NGO involved in cancer awareness & research, has set-up a Ganpati Mandal on South Main Road, Koregaon Park with the theme of Breast Cancer. This unique mandal has been specially designed to create awareness about breast cancer, and to encourage women to get themselves checked on a regular basis to avoid late detection of cancer.
Koregaon Park Corporator, Mrs. Vanita Rajendra Wagaskar has taken this pubic initiative to set up the mandal, with the assistance of Nag Foundation to help educate the residents and visitors about the disease.
Dr. Shona Nag, Oncologist & Trustee, Nag Foundation said, “In India alone, there are more than a million breast cancer survivors. The health of our women is very important, and setting up the mandal with Mrs. Wagaskar’s complete cooperation & support is one of the many activities that we run to help create awareness about cancers in women; breast cancer being the most common. Most cases for breast cancer come in very late, and that makes treatment that much harder. If women are able to self-examine and come in regularly for breast check-ups, we can save many more lives. The need of the hour is to educate more people”.
With regards to the association, Corporator, Mrs. Vanita Wagaskar commented, “In the last few years, we have seen a steep rise of breast cancer amongst basti-dwellers in Pune. We wanted to take advantage of the popularity of Ganesh Chaturthi to spread the message that early detection of breast cancer can save lives”.
For all 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, the mandal will sport a theme of pink, the colour that represents breast cancer. The mandal will be decorated in pink flowers, pink lights, and the Ganesh idol will also be dressed in pink. Each day about 200-300 devotees attend evening prayers at this mandal, and each day there will be pink ribbons, along with information brochures on cancer distributed amongst attendees.
On Friday, 9th September 2016, there is a special program at the mandal, starting at 7.30 PM, which will include aarti, a street dance performance by women associated with Nag Foundation and an awareness talk about breast cancer detection, treatment and care-giving by Dr. Shona Nag, Oncologist and Trustee, Nag Foundation.