Who we are:
‘Check Yourself’ is a public health campaign intended to provide, and increase access to, preventative healthcare for women in low-income communities. With the support of the Breast Cancer Patients Benefit Foundation (BCPBF) and The Woodstock School, ‘Check Yourself’ engages with women from urban and rural communities across India. Through educational camps, teaching women how to ‘check themselves’, we aim to raise awareness around the importance of early check-ups, broaden access to preventative care, and advocate women to take ownership over their own health.
Breast Cancer in India:
In India, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among urban women and the second most common cancer among rural women. 40% of breast cancer diagnoses come after patients have detected something themselves. As of a study conducted in 2012, by Judith Fletcher-Brown, 70,218 women in India died of breast cancer that year. To add to these drastic numbers, the survival rate for breast cancer in India is only 60%, whilst in comparison, the survival rate in The United States is almost 90%. These rates can be attributed to a lack of awareness and access to screenings and self-checks. In the US, 75% of breast cancer is detected in stage 1 and 2, when the chances of survival are high. However, in India the majority of breast cancer is reported once the cancer is symptomatic which happens when the cancer has metastasized, resulting in dramatically lower survival rates.
What we do:
- BSE Workshops
- ‘Check Yourself’ conducts Breast Self-Examination (BSE) Camps across India in partnership with the BCPBF. Please reach out if you would like a workshop to be conducted in your community!