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Delhi women run to spread breast cancer awareness at Pinkathon 10K run

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Modified 24 Oct 2013, 19:30 IST

The national capital witnessed a huge turnout of women on Sunday for the Delhi leg of the Pinkathon International Women’s 10K run. This was the second Pinkathon run this year after the first one was staged in Bangalore in April, earlier this year.

The event is aimed at spreading awareness about breast cancer and close to 2,500 women from all age groups participated in the event.

The participants included women from all walks – corporates, colleges, social clubs as well as doctors and nurses – participated in the Pinkathon. The event had three categories – a 3K walk, and the 5K and 10K runs.

“I’m happy to see so many women coming to lend their support. Awareness is the key and events such as these go a long way in creating awareness. Early diagnosis helps in the fight against breast cancer,” said model-actor Milind Soman, a fitness enthusiast and ultra-marathon runner himself, and founder of Pinkathon.

Soman’s event management company, Maximus Events, is the main organizer along with HealthCare Global Enterprises (HCG) Ltd., a specialist in cancer care, who were the main sponsors.

“The aim of this event is to educate women of the fact that they can make lifestyle changes today and reduce the risk of developing breast cancer,” said Dinesh Madhavan, HCG Ltd. director.

Harinder Sraw, a breast cancer survivor who participated in yesterday’s Pinkathon, said: “Once you know the cause of the disease, you will make necessary lifestyle changes.”

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It could be detected early because I was aware of the symptoms and met the specialist at the right time.”

One in 22 Indian women are estimated to have a lifetime probability of developing breast cancer. India accounts for 6% of breast cancer deaths in the world.

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(Quotes courtesy News Track India)

Published 16 Sep 2013, 11:16 IST
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