Goa launches Free breast screening for 1 lakh women at 35 health centres

Panaji: Ex cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s “YouWeCan Foundation” has launched the ‘Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa’ initiative in partnership with SBI Foundation and the Goa government. Under this initiative, free breast cancer screening will be done for 1 lakh ladies in Goa over a period of two years covering 50 percent of the age-entitled female population.

Commenting on the launch, Yuvraj Singh said, "Having fought through cancer myself, I firmly believe that this disease can be cured if it is detected early and given the correct treatment. And this is our mission with the Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa initiative. Women are the backbone of our society and we are committed to making every effort for their health and wellbeing.”

Under the initiative, breast cancer screening will be conducted at 35 Health Centres across Goa along with multiple outreach camps. 20 iBreast devices will be deployed for the project - ten in North Goa and ten in South Goa.  Extending gratitude on the move, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said, "I thank the YouWeCan foundation and SBI Foundation for putting this initiative for us where we will be screening 1,00,000 women for breast cancer. Initially, we had aimed to screen 20,000 women, but it sounded unacceptable to me as it will hardly have any impact.”

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