22nd September 2016
Rose Day at Jehangir Hospital
Rose Day was held on 22nd September, to commemorate the efforts of patients to beat cancer. This year we tied up with CPAA & Jehangir Hospital to conduct various activities that helped the patients look at the disease with a positive outlook. The half -day long session ended with the faculty and team members distributing roses to all the attendees.

7th August 2016
Women's Cancer Awareness at Kirkee Cant. Board
Dr Nag, the head oncologist at Jehangir Hospital gave an awareness talk on Women cancers on Thursday 4th August for women employees of the Kirkee Cant Board. The talk was attended by over 200 women, and was followed by a Q&A session. This marks the 50th such talk we have had around Maharashtra alone this year to raise awareness about the various types of cancers that affect women the world over!

3rd August 2016
Cancer Awareness Talk at Ferguson College
A Cancer awareness talk was delivered on Friday 29th July 2016 by Dr.Snita Sinukumar, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at Jehangir Hospital, Pune.The talk was attended by the staff, teachers and over 200 under graduates and postgraduates students of the Dept. of Microbiology at the prestigious Fergusson College, Pune.
The highlights of the talk were creating awareness about the signs and symptoms of cancer in general with emphasis on embracing screening strategies (tests) for early detection of cancer.The need for adopting a healthy lifestyle and discouraging tobacco consumption in any form was also emphasized.
The talk was very well received and was followed by an enthusiastic and overwhelming Q&A session.

20th June 2016
The Objective of the project is to train Health workers in breast health and clinical breast examinations in the community.
The project purposes to bring about changes through 'actions'. Actions would be defined as learning based information training and active utilization of existing infrastructure. A pilot project of a duration of one year. Target area Kasarwadi, Morewadi, Bhopkel area adopted by Forbes Marshall.
The Community Health Workers (CHWs) working with the Forbes Marshall Social outreach program will be trained in the following:
What is breast Health?
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Diseases
What is Cancer and general signs and symptoms of breast cancer
Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of breast cancer
Clinical Breast Examination: Inspection and Palpation.
Post the training and a recap session the CHWs will conduct breast health awareness session for the women in their respective communities. They will also perform clinical breast examination.
The project will be monitored through focus group discussions, report about the CHW’s monthly activities and clinical breast examination health cards.

Some of the project indicators are:

  • Number of women / girls trained in breast health
  • Number of people referred for confirmatory clinical examination
  • Communities impact and participation for concurrent programs organised
  • Increase in knowledge and awareness through pre test and post tests questionnaires

13th March 2016
International Women's day Celebration
Breast Friends celebrated International Women's day on the 13th of March 2016 with loads of bonding, fun, laughter and togetherness. Syrakko, Fine Dining hosted 25 survivors with a sumptuous lunch. Good food, beautiful ambience and inspiring company gave the survivors an opportunity to be grateful for the support the members are to each other and the laughter they share that often heals the soul.

9th March 2016
International Women's day Celebration
On March 9th 2016 in celebration of International Women's day, the Nag Foundation and Saheli Karyakarta Sangha, (an NGO that works in improving the reproductive health of sex workers in Pune) conducted a Breast Cancer Awareness and Clinical Examination camp for the sex workers.

5th March 2016
Women's day celebration
On the 5th of March 2016, the girl students of Std 8, 9 and the 11th of Dhaneshwar Madhyamik vidyala were a part of women's day celebration organised by Prerana, which is a group of volunteers working at teaching underprivileged girl students skills to help them think more of their future than what is envisioned for them by their parents. Rebecca D'Souza on behalf of the Nag Foundation spoke Taking Care of Yourself with an emphasis on Health behaviours.

13th Feb 2016
Picnic at Bhor
On 13th February, 38 breast cancer survivors spent a day together, sharing stories, sharing their pain and their joys. The day was spent as Bhor. As you can see it was a day well spent with laughter, love, and of course an abundance of good food.

PSRD talk
11th Feb 2016
Young Women’s Health and Cancer Awareness  at St. Mira’s College
Dr Shona Nag and Dr Rama Sivaram were invited to talk to the young women of St Mira’s College on the 11th of February 2016.  Over 80 students and 6 staff members attended talk.  Catching the pulse of youth Dr Nag initially spoke on well-being and wellness and gradually led the girls to understand the importance of cancer awareness.  Following a brief introduction to what is cancer, she spoke of breast, cervical and ovarian cancers in a non threatening, informative and friendly tone.  This put the audience at ease. The young ladies learnt about the disease, its risks, symptoms, detection and treatments available and the growing survivorship community and most of the entire first step towards empowerment- the self breast examination.  The primary concern of the young women was reaching this knowledge and information to their mothers. Many young hands went up asking questions on screening, prognosis of family members having other cancers, prevention, diets and request for programs in their community.  Dr Rama spoke on her personal experience with cancer and the importance of early detection and her cure.  The staff and many young women showed keen interest in creating community awareness

PSRD talk
3rd Feb 2016
Awareness Lecture on Cancer Prevention
An awareness lecture on cancer prevention given by Dr. Shona Nag on Feb 3rd, 2016 to members of Rotary Club Pune, Riverside.

Rotary Club Pune
12th Dec 2015
Rotary Club of Pune Central Bulletin
Disease Prevention and Treatment:
Dr.(Mrs) Shona Nag, Senior Oncologist at Jehangir Hospital and a specialist in cancer care, held the audience spellbound with a hard hitting presentation on cancer awareness. Her talk, filled with facts, was a powerful reminder that awareness is the key. Dr. Shona highlighted that the increase in life expactancy, changes in diet and growing pollution have resulted in an increase in the prevalence of cancer, not only in India but world over. Mortality rates, though, are higher in India because of late detection. She emphasized that early detection is key to cure and this is where Rotarians can help, by organizing cancer detection camps and by spreading awareness. Dr. Shona informed us that breast and cervical cancer in women, and colon, lungs and prostrate cancer in men, is increasingly visible. While cervical cancer is more prevalent in rural women, there are more instances of breast cancer in urban women. She said prevention methods, such as vaccines adminstered to young girls, are effective but do not obviate the need for periodic screening in later years Dr. Shona touched on new treatments such as immunotherapy that go to the root cause of cancer and where results are good but did remind us that at a cost of 8 to 10 lacs per cycle, afforadbility is a constraint especially for rural communities. Dr. Shona's story of her own grandmother being detected with cancer, years after giving up smoking, and her grandmother's saying "oh, then why did I give up smoking?" was wry and a reminder that the risk of cancer continues beyond the habit.

PSRD talk
18th Oct 2015
PSRD talk on GP meet
The Nag Foundation sponsored a talk on womens cancers for the GPs of Sinhagad Doctors association on Sunday 18th October

The Breast Clinic
17th Oct 2015
The Breast Clinic at Sant Dyaneshwar Hospital Bhosari
The Breast Clinic at Sant Dyaneshwar Hospital Bhosari was inaugurated on 17th October. Mammography machine was donated by the Nag Foundation earlier this year. Free Mammograms will be offered to women over 40 this month

Poona Club women cancer awareness
13th Oct 2015
Poona Club women cancer awareness programme
On Tueday 13th of October, Dr Pranjali Gadgil and Dr Shona Nag addressed women at the Ladies Meet at Poona Club on breast health and breast cancer treatments. This was followed by a Q and A session

11th Oct 2015
Pinkathon 2015
The Pinkathon is one of India’s biggest women’s run to spread awareness of breast cancer. As a prelude to the run, the Cancer Shero Trek was organised especially for cancer patients and survivors on October 11th 2015 to the Tarjai WINNER FOR LIFE programme held on the 17th of October 2015 showcased 12 women who stand testimony to the fact that cancer can be cured, cancer does not prevent women from living to the fullest. “Through interactions, discussions and dialogue, we can make a difference in facing the stigma and silence too often associated with the disease.” The programme aimed at telling women at large that as cancer patients and survivors who have faced a misfortune, they have used the disease for their own personal growth and through their testimony hopethat women will benefit from their experiences. Through the interactions of Dr. Shona Nag, medical oncologist,Dr. Prajanli Gadgil, Breast Surgeon, Dr. Snita Kumar, Oncosurgeon and Sr. Shobha Kardile, Daycare in Charge with the Breast Cancer survivors , many of the myths surrounding the disease and its treatment and the survivors’ personal triumphs will be shared. As a part of our ongoing program to educate children on the perils substance abuse and making good life choices sessions were held in various institutions

IDCON 2015
10th Oct 2015
IDCON 2015 was held on 10th Oct for general practitioners of pimpri chinchwad
IDCON 2015 was held on 10th Oct for general practitioners of pimpri chinchwad. Nag foundation sponsored and conducted a symposium on common cancers in India. Dr Kanitkar and Dr Gadgil lectured to an audience of over 200 people

IMS program
30 Aug 2015
IMS program at Hotel Deccan Rendezvous
The IMS program was finally held on 30th August at Hotel Deccan Rendezvous. Great academic discussions took place on Geneva malignancies.

Women's Cancer Awareness
15 Aug 2015
Women's Cancer Awareness at Bishops School
The nag foundation together with Jehangir hospital conducted a women's cancer awareness at Bishops School Camp on 15 th of August at 11 am. The program started with a general lecture by Dr Nag followed by a short presentation of the Nag foundation by Rebecca Dsouza. Faith Penumaker, one of our breast cancer survivors shared her experience. The session concluded with Dr Pranjali Gadgil conducting a lively Q and A session on breast cancer.450 lady teachers of Bishop school attended this program

Awareness lecture
09 Aug 2015
Awareness lecture at Pancard Club
Awareness lecture for GP association Karvenagar at Pancard Club Baner on 9th August.
Dr Maiya and Dr Nag spoke regarding cervical cancer and cancer in India respectively.

Presentation on Breast
08 Aug 2015
Presentation on Breast Friends Pune
Rebecca Dsouza gave a wonderful presentation on Breast Friends Pune at the AMMOS conference to mark 50 years of Indian Cancer Society on Saturday 8th August at Maratha Chamber of Commerce.
This was followed by an animated panel discussion.

An awareness talk
07 June 2015
An awareness talk by Medical Capa Trust at Chinchwad
An awareness talk was held on 7th June at Hotel Emerald Park Chinchwad by Dr Nag The program was organized by the Medical Capa Trust and was attended by prominent doctors, businessmen and citizens of the area This was later followed by Q and A session conducted by Dr Walke and Lunch.

 Cancer Prevention Program
27 May 2015
Cancer Prevention Program at Siemens Ltd
talk on cancer prevention was given by Dr Nag on 27th May for IT exectives at Siemens Ltd at Senapati Bapat Rd - this was followed by a Q and A session.

Awareness Lecture
15 May 2015
An Awareness Lecture at Labournet, Rasta Peth.
this was a talk for the ladies of Labournet who are training as beauticians at Rastapeth on the 15th of May About 50 women attended and asked many questions

Lonavla Awareness
27 april 2015
Lonavla Awareness Talk
On 27th April 2015, a cancer awareness talk was organized by the Jain Community, Lonavla. The talk was attended by over 35 women. Different issues related to breast and cervical cancer was discussed. Dr. Shriram Inamdar and Rebecca de Souza conducted the session.

Talk on Cancer
24 april 2015
Talk on Cancer Prevention
There was a talk on Cancer Prevention at Siemens Technology & Services Pvt Ltd. Baner Pune on Friday 24th, 2015 at 1030 hrs. It was followed by a Q and A session - the participants were very enthusiastic.

Awareness lecture
08 mar 2015
Awareness lecture to the women of Vadgaon Sheri
On 8th of March Dr Nag gave a breast cancer awareness lecture to the women of Vadgaon Sheri. This lecture was organized by Saifee Ambulance Camp. Over 50 women attendedthis lecture.

Awareness lecture
27 feb 2015
Awareness lecture for ladies of the Jain Association
Jehangir hospital in association with the Nag Foundation conducted awareness lectures and a check up camp for ladies of the Jain Association at the Arihant Pratishthan Jain Sthanak at Wadgaonsheri Pune. 60 ladies participated and a free clinical breast examination was carried out for all women.

Unique Cancer Awareness
11 feb 2015
Unique Cancer Awareness Activity for lady employees
Health Department had arranged a "unique Cancer Awareness Activity for lady employees" of CVBU and PVBU on Wednesday 11th Feb'2015 as requested by lady employees on occasion of Women's Day.

Activity comprised of:-

  • Awareness talks on two most common cancers in Female population- Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer. Renowned Cancer specialist Dr Shona Nag and Breast cancer specialist Dr Ms P Gadgil took the sessions.
  • Risk assessment forms were filled up by participants.
  • Counselling and Examination activity by Oncologist team of Jehangir Hospital depending on individual risk as per Risk forms who also advised on further tests to be done.
  • Pap Smear examination in Medical centre by Gynecologist team.
  • Analysis of these forms will be done and follow up of ladies requiring further tests will be done.
  • Pap Smear reports will be distributed through One to One counselling.
  • 285 lady employees attended this session.
  • 153 lady employees took benefit of Counselling and Examination by Oncologist.
  • 53 lady employees underwent Pap Smear examination.
  • Program was well appreciated by the lady employees

Awareness lecture
01 feb 2015
Awareness lecture for women of the Bohri community
A breast cancer awareness talk was arranged by the nurses of Saifee Ambulance Kirkee at the Bohri Masjid for women of the Bohri community living in the area on Sunday, 1st february at 11 am. Dr Nag of the Nag Foundation addressed them on early signs and symptoms of breast cancer and early detection.
Over 50 women attended. Later they had a one on one session with Dr Nag as well

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Pune oncologists start support group for head and neck cancer patients
The support group will undertake activities for continuous rehabilitation. Lectures on how to swallow food and how to speak would be arranged for the survivors. Also, special attention would be given to keep a check that patient does not go back to consuming tobacco and other tobacco related products
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June 2017
Celebrating Life : Fundraiser with Live Life Love Life

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Oct 2017
Losing mother to ‘Breast Cancer’ prompts NRI woman to start awareness campaign
A Non-Resident Indian (NRI), who originally hails from Pune, has decided to conduct sessions on awareness regarding breast cancer in the city. The first workshop was conducted in the last month. She also plans to conduct numerous sessions in future, to educate more and more people
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June 2017
Medical profession is often rated as one of the most stressed one, and quite understandably so. A constant flow of patients, their illnesses, worries, counselling them and simply being around ailing individuals all day is bound to take a toll on medical practitioners. How do they deal with it?
We spoke to some of them who find amazing ways to destress and begin every day with a contagious smile, all ready to cure some more of their worried patients.
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June 2017
Nag Foundation & Director Akshay Joshi in HT Cafe

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May 2017
Dr. Shona Nag on World No Tobacco Day : Guest Column
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May 2017
You may have quit smoking, but your risk of cancer stays!
World Health Organisation has named May 31st as World No Tobbaco Day. This year’s focus is “Tobacco – a threat to development” which demonstrates the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens. So, it is all about pushing both governments and citizens to take measures to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.
I am a strong proponent of banning tobacco and its products. While it provides jobs and revenue, it also kills millions due to cancer, heart disease and lung disease. A lot of people are chronic sufferers and lose their jobs. I think it is our social responsibility as citizens of the world to fight the anti-tobacco battle and win!
I have a personal reason to fight the menace. My parents both smoked and passed away due to lung cancer. In fact, I lost my father to cancer, at the same time that the hospital where I worked at, requested me to train in medical oncology. It seemed like a sign. It’s also what pushed me to change the mandate of my mom-in-law’s NGO Nag Foundation started in Pune to support the arts – into a movement for cancer awareness and cancer treatments after we had lost 3 out of the 4 parents in the house to cancer.
So it was only natural that she would want her children to grow up with dogs. Samuel Arthur Nag (Sam), the beagle boy came home about 11 years ago and the pitter patter of his paws lit up the house. “He is primarily my daughter Mitali’s dog. But since the kids – Krishna and Mitali were in school, I did most of the nurturing. So Sam and I have a really special bond. Abbagail Margaret Nag (Abby), the beagle girl came about five years ago as Krishna’s dog and brought more love into the fold. Milon, my husband, enjoys spending time with Sam and Abby too,” says Shona who is Head-Oncology, Jehangir Hospital.

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May 2017
Furholics With Sam, Abby And Shona Nag
She’s grown up with a pair of Alsatians and a pair of Pomeranians always in the house. “My father got a pair of both and my mother taught me a lot about looking after them just right,” says Dr Shona Nag, Senior Oncologist.
So it was only natural that she would want her children to grow up with dogs. Samuel Arthur Nag (Sam), the beagle boy came home about 11 years ago and the pitter patter of his paws lit up the house. “He is primarily my daughter Mitali’s dog. But since the kids – Krishna and Mitali were in school, I did most of the nurturing. So Sam and I have a really special bond. Abbagail Margaret Nag (Abby), the beagle girl came about five years ago as Krishna’s dog and brought more love into the fold. Milon, my husband, enjoys spending time with Sam and Abby too,” says Shona who is Head-Oncology, Jehangir Hospital.
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May 2017
Surabhi Nag Research Awards in Creme

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Feb 2017
Having Lost Her Father to Cancer, This Doctor Is on a Mission to Help Women Fight Breast Cancer
People have wondered, on more occasion than one, whether cancer may be the post-modern equivalent of the Black Death. As one of the world’s most steadily proliferating ailments, cancer has killed over 8 million people annually in recent years. More than radiation and surgery, the key to a cure often lies in early detection. Yet in developing countries like India, screening and early detection remains a challenge.
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April 2017
Scalp Cooling for Cancer Patients : Sakaal Times

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April 2017
Jehangir gets membership of Breast Centres Network
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March 2017
'Bras and antiperspirants don't cause cancer'
'Obesity is the main reason for the increasing rates of breast cancer among women.
'The risk is the same for a house help living in a crowded slum in Borivali (a suburb in Mumbai) to the woman in living in a plush fancy apartment in South Mumbai.'
Ten minutes of discomfort to get yourself analysed can help save your life, says oncologist Dr Shona Nag.

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February 2017
Having Lost Her Father to Cancer, This Doctor Is on a Mission to Help Women Fight Breast Cancer

People have wondered, on more occasion than one, whether cancer may be the post-modern equivalent of the Black Death. As one of the world’s most steadily proliferating ailments, cancer has killed over 8 million people annually in recent years. More than radiation and surgery, the key to a cure often lies in early detection. Yet in developing countries like India, screening and early detection remains a challenge.

Pune-based oncologist Dr. Shona Nag has made it her mission to encourage everyone to understand cancer better, particularly women.

As she discovered, inadequate infrastructure combined with social taboos had led to a crisis in cancer detection and treatment in India. Women are often at a greater risk. “In India, we do not take our health seriously. Especially women,” she says. “Our health is not a priority and we do not take care of ourselves, always giving in to family, time they need and more. I’ve seen cases when the woman has cancer – the whole family falls apart. We see women coming to chemotherapy while they are breastfeeding and what a burden it places on the entire social fabric!”

Dr. Shona uses outreach and multimedia activities to rope in women from all walks of life in her initiatives.

The focal point of their outreach programmes is breast cancer. “Breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer for men or women,” Dr Shona says. One in every 25 woman in India is a patient. For me, it’s a social issue and the largest disease impacting us and hence deserves the attention.”

The foundation runs support groups for women survivors from cancer, with a campaign titled Breast Friends Pune. Monthly meetings encourage the women to share their stories and spread information on the subject. “All our survivors are ambassadors for us,” Dr Shona says. “They influence and help others with early detection and awareness especially in their peer groups.”

The Foundation has created calendars and cookbooks in collaboration with the women. It also recently produced In & Above Her Heart, a documentary on two breast cancer survivors, which has been screened at festivals around the world.

Dr. Shona hopes to use information as the starting point to understanding the terminal disease, whose detection and treatment is hindered by several factors in India.

Patients hesitate, seek opinion from other doctor or opt for alternative treatment methods, and often come back for treatment in an advanced stage. Those belonging to the poorer sections of society are unaware of even basic detection practices, and also lack the resources for treatment.

“Unlike the West, there is no accountability, no health insurance from the government,” Dr Shona says. “Here, any treatment has to be paid from your pocket. Health insurance companies are stepping up but they do not cover too much. A Rs 5 lakh cover can only take care of a third of the cost and doesn’t cover a relapse or when cancer returns. Existing cancer patients do not get any health cover at all.”

The Nag Foundation offers subsidized chemotherapy and radiotherapy for underprivileged patients. In 2016, the team raised funds to subsidize 10 cancer surgeries, 10 radiations and over 120 chemotherapies.

He Foundation also trains volunteers and local citizens to spread the word. The Foundation recently set up a six-month camp in the city’s Thite basti to screen the area’s 350 women residents for cervical and breast cancers. “What the team understood was how the conversations need to figure around their extremely busy and pressured lives,” Dr. Shona says. “They don’t have time to have lunch. They are battling alcoholic husbands, issues of multiple partners, tobacco and more.”

Knowledge can be the ultimate gamechanger for cancer treatment, and Dr. Shona encourages awareness over everything else. She says, “Should breast cancer or cancer awareness strike a chord, then give it your attention. Teach people around you how to check for symptoms. Give time or a meal or transport to someone undergoing cancer. Even if you share discussions or posts on social media – you create awareness. Do whatever you can!

Credits : Better India Website
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February 2017
Rising number of head and neck cancer cases in Pune
Sedentary lifestyle, lack of antioxidants in diet, high consumption of alcohol, smoking and physical inactivity have put city's population at an increased risk of cancer.What is more worrisome is that these causes exacerbate cancer for those in their late fifties and sixties.

Cancer of the head and neck is seen in city's younger population thought it is mainly diagnosed among the age group of 55-65 years, followed by lung and oral cancer in Pune. In urban women, breast cancer tops the list; while cancer of the cervix is seen mainly in rural women, say experts.

These experts' observations are also corroborated by a study conducted by a Pune-based preventive healthcare organisation between January and December 2016.

"There has been a perceptible rise in cases of head and neck cancers in Pune over the last few years. If you look at the data of cancer registries in Maharashtra, Nagpur recorded higher incidence of head and neck cancer in 2011 than other registries, including Pune. However, of late, cases of this type of cancer have increased in Pune too and now the city is on a par with Nagpur," said medical oncologist Anantbhushan Ranade, president of Indian Society of Medical and Paediatric Oncology, a pan India body of practising medical oncologists.

Elaborating, Ranade said, "Use of tobacco in any form increases the risk of head and neck cancer by about 10 times. Regular alcohol consumption of three units per day increases the risk by 3-4 times. However, if one consumes both tobacco and alcohol, the risk goes up 20 times." The term 'head and neck cancer' encompasses a wide range of tumours that may occur in one of the several areas like nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat, larynx (voice box), swallowing passages, salivary glands, and thyroid gland.

The commonest head and neck cancer site in India is the oral cavity (mouth) --- this is primarily due to excessive use of chewable tobacco products.Medical oncologist Shona Nag emphasised on educating children in schools and colleges to prevent them from falling into the addiction trap.

"It is a commonly known fact that tobacco use either in the form of chewing or by smoking is injurious to health. Yet, the addiction to tobacco and its by-products like nicotine is so powerful that it is an extremely difficult habit to give up. The key lies in educating children in schools and colleges as this addiction starts young. The two most common cancer types in India, which are caused by tobacco, are cancers of the head-neck region and lung cancer," Nag said.

An ulcer in the mouth or tongue, which does not heal could be pre-cancerous signs and require immediate attention. A doctor should be consulted immediately if there is a change in voice or difficulty in swallowing, said Nag.

A simple way of preventing this disease early, especially for tobacco users, is to have an oral examination done every six months. "The ideal situation of course would be to give up tobacco completely and help is available in the form of counselling and de-addiction aids such as nicotine gum, patches and oral medication," Nag said.

Preventive healthcare expert Amol Naikawadi, who carried out the study, said, "People from diverse walks of life should come together to educate everyone about signs, symptoms and early diagnosis which will improve survival from cancer and empower people to adopt healthy choices."

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Live demos woo Ganapati devotees
Science, health and civic issues are dominating 'dekhave' (decoration) themes at Ganapati pandals this year.Off-beat presentations like slide-shows, live demonstrations and even thematic lighting are further attracting devotees.

Swayam the satellite launched in space by students of College of Engineering, Pune, earlier this year is the theme of the tableau of Shaniwar Peth Mehunpura Sarvjanik Trust. It features not only an eight-minute slide-show about the students' incredible feat, but also a working model of the project that depicts the satellite shooting off into space. Explaining the reason for the mandal's successive science-based tableaux every year, president Sachin Shinde said, "We have many schools in the vicinity and hundreds of children visit our pandal every year. This is our way of firing their imagination towards science and technology. For the Swayam theme this year, we actually consulted the teacher involved in the project to remain as close to the original idea.”

Grahak Peth Sevak Ganesh Utsav's pandal has depicted the India Gate using biscuits. The 12-feet structure is accompanied by a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi doing yoga denoting the first International Day of Yoga which was celebrated on June 21 last year. According to mandal president Suryakant Pathak, it is a befitting display of yoga which has now acquired international acceptance.

On Thursday evening, Seva Mitra Mandal will weigh this year's President's Police medal winners against food grains. The total quantity of grains would then be donated to help inmates of Eklavya, Aapla Ghar and Shrivasta Sanstha. The winners include Namdev Renuse of the special branch, assistant police inspector of the Motor Vehicle Department Damodar Mohite, deputy superintendent of the wireless department Abhasaheb Sumbe, CID constable Sangeet Savartakar-Shintre and prison department's Sheshrao Thorat.

A 65-feet high replica of Jejuri's Malhari Martand Devasthan has been put up in Sadashiv Peth by the Chhatrapati Rajaram Mandal. Interestingly, the 125-feet long structure has been designed so that it doesn't obstruct traffic in the area.

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July 2016
How to cut the risk of cancer
You’ve read this many times before: Exercise helps manage weight, prevents heart disease and diabetes, improves mood and helps ease symptoms of depression. But did you know that regular exercise may help reduce the risk of over a dozen types of cancer?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of annual new cases of cancer across the world are expected to rise from 14 million to 22 million in the next 20 years. What’s more, 60% of these new cases will be in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. So the answer to this rise is to prevent cancer rather than treat it. “People must do what they can to prevent cancer because the experience of a cancer diagnosis and the treatment thereafter is not to be taken lightly. What’s worrying is that we are seeing more and more young people being diagnosed with cancer. They don’t eat well and are inactive, not realizing that both these factors play a major role in cancer formation,” says Shona Nag, consultant oncologist at Jehangir Hospital in Pune.

In May, Steven Moore of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, US, and his colleagues published their findings on the preventive effects of exercise on cancer in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study, Association Of Leisure-Time Physical Activity With Risk Of 26 Types Of Cancer In 1.44 Million Adults, found that exercise reduced the risk of 13 of 26 types of cancers—including that of the kidney, bladder, lung and colon. Moore, an investigator at the institute’s division of cancer epidemiology and genetics, says in an email interview: “We found an approximately linear dose-response relationship between physical activity and lower cancer risk. The more the activity, the lower the risk of cancer.

“In our study, performing the internationally recommended minimum level of physical activity (150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity like walking, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous intensity activity or equivalent combination) was related to substantially lower cancer risk. But those who did even more activity—two-three times the recommended minimum levels-had even lower cancer risk.”

"One of the biggest reasons people fall off the exercise wagon is that they aren’t consistent. Habits take six weeks to form, so stick to your exercise routine".

One of the highlights of the study is that the effect of exercise on cancer was independent of weight loss or weight management. Till this study’s results were published, it was assumed by the medical community that the protective effect of exercise against breast and endometrial cancers was because exercise prevented weight gain or facilitated weight loss. The study also found that exercise had the same protective effect against cancer in smokers. Definitely, exercise does something that limits the growth of cancerous tumours even if a person is obese and a smoker.

One possible mechanism by which exercise does this is by activating the natural killer cells of the immune system. M. Idorn, of the Centre for Cancer Immunotherapy at Denmark’s Copenhagen University Hospital, published a review in the Trends In Molecular Medicine journal earlier this month, examining the role exercise plays in increasing the circulation and body temperature, and how increased body temperature plays a role in turning the cancer-fighting cells “on”. The review, “Exercise-Dependent Regulation Of NK Cells In Cancer Protection”, says that exercise, in many ways, arms these natural killer cells so that they can better infiltrate and destroy tumours and tumour-causing cells.

In Ayurvedic medicine, exercise is prescribed as a daily habit to stay healthy. G. Gangadharan, director at the MS Ramaiah Indic Centre for Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine in Bengaluru, says, “While exercise is prescribed for everyone as a daily habit, the amount depends on the person’s age and Ayurvedic constitution, or dosha.” According to Ayurveda, there are three types of doshas (biological energies found throughout the human body)—vata, pitta and kapha. Each person is a combination of one or two of the three. A person’s doshas determine how much exercise s/he needs.

However, for most of us, exercising consistently is a problem. “It’s hard because habits are resistant to change, and exercise requires energy which is hard to come if your daily routine is leaving you exhausted,” says Arpita Anand, consultant psychologist at Sanath, a Goa-based non-profit. She suggests the following: “Find your motivation. Find the answer to why you need and want to exercise. Become consistent with your exercise routine. And, this is critical, do not look for immediate benefits.”

One of the biggest reasons people fall off the exercise wagon is that they aren’t consistent and expect immediate results. Habits take six weeks to form, so if you stick to your exercise routine for that long, chances are you’ll stick with it for life.

So lace up your shoes and get out.
Sujata Kelkar Shetty, PhD, is a wellness expert and a certified life coach. She has formerly worked as a clinical scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, US.

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Sep 2016
Breast Cancer Survivors Conference 2016 Coverage

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Sep 2016
Nag Foundation sets up Ganapati Mandal in Pune for Ganesh Chaturthi

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.
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Mar 2016
International Women's Day Celebration

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Oct 2015
Breast Cancer Survivors

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jun 2015
Gene tests indicative of cancer risks
Umesh Isalkar, Pune
Umesh Isalkar, Pune Shivani, a 50-year-old housewife has a family history of cancer. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 55 and her sister, a doctor in the US, has ovarian cancer which is in remission.

Shivani was treated five years ago for breast cancer and is currently under treatment for ovarian cancer. Both Shivani and her sister tested positive for the BRCA1, a cancer gene mutation responsible for the hereditary breast ovarian cancer syndrome.

She has a 21-year-old unmarried daughter and on the advice of her sister went ahead with genetic testing for her. The daughter has also tested positive for the BRCA1 gene which means that her chances of developing breast cancer during her lifetime are up to 80% and ovarian cancer, 40-50%. Shivani's daughter is in a dilemma which is faced by most Indian families with a family history of cancer. Doctors, while emphasizing the importance of genetic testing, underline that having a cancer gene means the person is at high risk but it does not indicate that he or she will definitely get it.

"The recommended management for a situation like the one faced by Shivani's daughter is rather drastic - removal of both breasts and ovaries. This brings down the risk of cancer to below 5% and not 0%. But one has to think about the daughter's quality of life - her chances of marriage and childbearing," said medical oncologist Shona Nag.

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie had a bilateral mastectomy and later had her ovaries removed. Another person may decide to have more rigorous screening done rather than surgery. It is a choice every individual has to make after getting all the data, Nag said.

Sharing her view, breast surgeon Anupama Mane said, "Genetic testing gives us an idea of cancer risk and is not absolute. If a person tests positive for the cancer gene it means that he or she is at a high risk for getting the cancer, but it does not mean that he or she will definitely get it - it is important to keep this perspective in mind during genetic testing."

Breast and ovarian cancers are not the only ones with a strong genetic basis. About 20% of colon cancers are inherited or associated with a strong history of colon cancer in the family in the west. Western lifestyle has increased the incidence of colon cancer in our community.

Surgical oncologist Sujai Hegde said, "In India, the incidence of hereditary colon cancer is 8-10%." Hegde recommends screening for all patients with ulcerative colitis or those with
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may 2015
World No Tobacco Day

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april 2015
Comprehensive care for breast
cancer much needed: Experts
Umesh Isalkar, Pune
Fifty-year-old Shubha felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast, consulted a doctor who asked her to undergo an ultrasound, which revealed a lump. A pathologist then conducted a fine needle aspiration test and reported the lump as normal. Shubha was sent home with the assurance that there was no malignancy (cancer). What doctors did not realize then was that the test could be `false negative.' The tumour grew over time, and became inoperable due to its big size. Shubha needed chemotherapy first to first shrink the lump before she could undergo surgery .

In another case, 32-yearold Radhika, a Daund resident, was still breastfeeding her child when she noticed a lump in her breast. Given her age, the lump was thought to be `nothing serious'. It was immediately removed without an appropriate ultrasound and needle biopsy . To her surprise, it later turned out to be cancer and she was taken to Pune. A second surgery was performed as the first procedure was not enough for a cancerous lump.

Doctors say both the cases could have been dealt with better if there was a `breast care centre', a facility providing protocol-based diagnostic care, in place. They said breast care centres providing 360-degree care were much needed as care for breast diseases in Indian cities is cur rently fragmented.

While there are good surgeons, oncologists and radiation facilities, but these services are scattered and unable to work out holistic comprehensive care. Alarming statistics for breast cancer in India makes breast care centres in line of those in developed countries, the need of the hour, experts said.

"The concept of a breast centre is not new. In most developed countries, breast centres are developed as a wing of a specialty hospital, so that a woman facing a breast complaint or one who needs a routine exam, can get all care under one roof. Services such as mammography , ultrasound, image-guided biopsy are provided under one roof along with consultation with breast disease specialists. This care is delivered in a space that keeps a woman's comfort in mind," said consultant breast surgeon and breast surgical oncologist Pranjali Gadgil of Jehangir hospital.

Elaborating, Gadgil said, "The diagnosis and treatment planning is done expeditiously, so that a woman with a noncancerous (benign) condition can be reassured without undue hospital visits. Women who suspect malignancy (cancer) are assessed by radiologists and breast surgeons together so they don't suffer due to fragmented
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april 2015
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