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Around 2000 Pune women set two Guinness World Records on Breast cancer awareness

The two records made were the most number of people painting their fingernails simultaneously and the largest female health awareness lesson.

pune Updated: Feb 12, 2018 15:17 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Women show their painted nails as they attempt a Guinness world record at Deccan College.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Around 2,000 women set two Guinness world records under a single roof on Sunday at Deccan College ground to spread awareness about breast cancer. The breast cancer awareness programme was organised by Open Your Eyes (OYE) Foundation, in association with Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (NGO trust) and Orchids Breast Health Clinic.

The two records made were the most number of people painting their fingernails simultaneously and the largest female health awareness lesson. While the first one was already attempted in Mumbai last year on March 8, with 1,328 individuals painting their fingernails at the same time, the trial for the second title was held for the first time. At the occasion, a total of 1,956 individuals painted their nails pink in six minutes and set a new Guinness world record, while a total of 1,919 women were part of the mass breast cancer awareness lesson.

“There have been a number of initiatives for breast cancer awareness worldwide, but in terms of setting a record with the specific cause in mind, this is the first time anyone has ever done it,” said Lucia Sinigagliesi,Guinness world records adjudicator on the records. “The cause of breast cancer is what makes the records special. In others parts of the world, including the western countries, the subject of breast cancer is still inhibited. More women and men need to come out, speak and address it,” she added.

At the session, one of the doctors,Dr Chandanand Koppikar said,“Everyone needs to know that breast cancer is completely curable. No one should be scared or depressed in case they are diagnosed with it. However, an early diagnosis is always good. With advanced technology, we don’t have to resort to mastectomy, which is removal of the affected breast, but can opt for breast conservation or reconstruction surgery.”

“Through the programme, we wanted to highlight the importance of knowing about breast cancer, especially for the youth. We realised that the prevalence of such a serious disease needs to be discussed about among young girls and boys at a young age so that they can grow into healthy and aware citizens. Further, they can share their knowledge with their families. Children are the best medium to build a strong pathway of change in the society, and therefore, we concentrated on educating them about breast cancer. In the process, we also emphasised that not only women, but even men are affected by breast cancer,” saidSimran Jethwani, founder, OYE Foundation.

Lila Poonawalla, philanthropist and founder of a non-governmental organisation promoting professional education for women,was also present at the event along with her husband,Firoz Poonawalla.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 15:15 IST