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The Indian Council of Medical Research recently projected that India might register over 17 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8 lakh deaths because of the disease by 2020.

One woman dies of cervical cancer every 8 minutes in India while for every 2 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one woman dies of it in India.In India Cancer among women was estimated at 0.7 million, thus accounting for third highest cancer cases among women, after China and the US, stated in an article by Times of India . Late detection and awareness come as a prime reason for it.

What is required now is to increase awareness about cancer. It is important to encourage people to undergo regular health check-ups, while motivating them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Women Cancer Awareness Programme “ PINK MIRROR”

This awareness program aims to provide women with information, resources and assistance to find convenient access to services and programmes for prevention and early detection of cancer. With the alarming speed at which cancer has spread across the nation, there is a need to educate people about the importance of its early screening to ensure control and treatment at the earliest.