“The vehicles will commence work soon after Diwali and will be equipped with facilities to detect breast cancer. We will work in the remote areas of the state,” said Asish Mukherjee, medical director of the institute.
Every year, 12,000 to 14,000 new cases of breast cancer are detected in West Bengal. Despite this, very few people in the state are aware about the disease. “Initially, the institute will focus on West Midnapore district and Cooch Behar where there is very little awareness about the disease,” Mukherjee said.
“Majority of the breast cancer cases are curable if detected in an early stage,” the director said.
A free breast cancer check-up camp was also organised by the institute on Sunday, where more than 400 women were examined. Kolkata Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakraborty, who was present on the occasion, said the police would team up with voluntary organisations to spread awareness about breast cancer throughout the city. “We will try to carry out the awareness campaign in other districts as well,” Chakraborty added.