The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel hosts a Blood Donation Camp paying homage to The Leela Group Founder Chairman

 

Landmark destination for business and leisure travellers in Delhi, The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, hosted a blood donation camp in memory of the late Founder Chairman Captain CP Krishnan Nair of The Leela Group. The objective was to pay tribute to their late Founder Chairman who was an avid advocate and ardent supporter of contributing to the welfare of the society. The camp was organised in partnership with The Lions Blood Bank, Shalimar Bagh.

 

Speaking on the importance of the organisation of the blood donation camp Mr. Jaideep Anand, General Manager of The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel said, “This is the third death anniversary of our Founder Chairman Captain CP Krishnan Nair, and he would have been 95-years-old today. To celebrate this momentous milestone, 95 employees from each of The Leela hotels have donated blood that will contribute towards saving lives. We hope to follow the principles of our founder and are confident that this feeling of gratitude will stay with us and guide us to always do and aim for the better.”

 

The Leela Ambience Convention is a strong believer of ‘change begins at home’ and coupled with the encouraging ideals of their late Founder Chairman, the hotel aims at bringing about a change in the society in the best possible ways that they can.

 

About The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel

 

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi (formerly known as Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi), is strategically located near the historic Old Delhi as well as the central business districts of Delhi, Ghaziabad and Noida. The hotel is a landmark for both business and leisure travellers in the city.

 

The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel offers 480 rooms and suites; 70,000 square feet of multi-purpose meeting and banqueting space, including a pillar-less ballroom a with pre function area in excess of 30,000 square feet. One of the largest in a luxury hotel in India, the ballroom can accommodate more than 6000 guests in a cocktail format and 2500 in theatre-style. The Ballroom can be divided into 5 smaller rooms with flexible seating and adjacent to the Ballroom are 4 VIP guest rooms which are used as break away areas. The hotel also offers a second ballroom with an area of 3500 square feet and an exclusive 1100 square feet outdoor patio, 2 exclusive boardrooms and 3 meeting rooms.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Apollo Hospital) – Tips

 

Women Must Closely Watch Their Bodies: Tips for Regular Self Examination Dr Manish Singhal, Senior Medical Oncologist, Indraparastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi; Joint Secretary (NCR) Oncology Forum

More than 60% of breast cancers in India are diagnosed in stage III or stage IV of the disease, by the time it is too late to cure the patient or significantly prolong her life. According to estimates of World Health Organization, one woman dies in India of breast cancer for every two new Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and

developing countries. However, even as the incidence in India remains lower as compared to western countries, the mortality rates are much higher due to lack of awareness, absence of mass screening programs, and late diagnosis.

Early detection presents a good chance of cure and long term survival as well as of breast conservation. It also allows doctors to use less intensive and non invasive treatments that are not as harsh to the body. If detected late, however, prognosis is poor.

The majority of breast cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services.

A combination of self and clinical breast examination coupled with mammography is recommended to enable early breast cancer detection. While mammography screening can be highly expensive, it is extremely important for women to keep a close track of any changes occurring in their bodies. Any lump in the breast or underarm area, any unusual discharge from the nipple, any change in the shape or size of the breast should be taken note of and immediately reported to a doctor for further examination.

It is recommended that women perform regular self examination every month after 25, with a clinical breast examination every three years, and annual mammography after the age of 40.

Here are some tips on how to regularly monitor and examine yourself: 

  • The time when your period ends is the best time to subject yourself to a self breast exam because this is the time when your breasts are not tender and will help you get a clear picture.
  • Use your fingers to closely go about examining the breasts to feel for any lump, itchy rash, bump or an unusually tender spot. Also look carefully for any hard spot, thickening of the tissue, dimpling or puckering of the skin. If you find one, report it immediately to a doctor.
  • Raise your arms up and stand in front of the mirror. Then lower your arms gradually to your sides and watch for any unusual difference in your breasts. See if the two sides move the same distance.
  • Not just the breasts but also examine the underarm area carefully. If you spot any           enlarged lymph nodes, or an unexplained painful spot in the underarms you need to      immediately seek medical examination.
  • Watch for the nipples carefully. Any unusual discharge, swelling, itching or darkening of the skin, or rash on the nipple must be quickly referred to a doctor.

These indications might not always be a sign of breast cancer but it is important to be safe than sorry.

Breast Cancer Awareness – MAX Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj, New Delhi

Breast Cancer Incidence Increasing in Younger Women in Urban Areas:

Most young women do not care about regular screening and some even tend to ignore
warning signs because they believe they are too young to suffer from breast cancer

New Delhi, Oct 2015: You are never too young to suffer from breast cancer! Even
though, almost 90% of breast cancer cases occur in women above 50 years of age,
increasing number of younger women are today being diagnosed with the disease,
especially in urban areas and metropolitan cities.

“Breast cancer has already overtaken cervical cancer to become the leading cause of
cancer related deaths in Indian women. Apart from its increasing incidence, the profile
of patients and the disease has also displayed change in recent years. Besides, breast
cancer in younger women can be aggressive and less likely to respond to treatment.

Women who are diagnosed at a younger age also are more likely to have a mutated
BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes which present poor prognosis,” says Dr Meenu Walia, Director –
Medical Oncology, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj.
In 2013, American researchers analyzed cancer registry data between 1976 and 2009
and concluded that there was a steady rise in number of younger women reporting
more aggressive forms of cancer over these years.

“While there is no such comprehensive analysis or study conducted in India, clinical
evidence suggests that breast cancer occurrence has increased in relatively younger
women today. Unlike a decade back when most women patients diagnosed with breast
cancer were above 50, today more women under 50 years of age are being diagnosed
with the disease. Breast cancer in younger women can be aggressive and are more likely
to have an associated genetic cancer syndrome,” says Dr Rajat Saha, Consultant,

Medical Oncology, Max Superspeciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi.

According to estimates of WHO, roughly 144,937 women in India were detected with
breast cancer in 2012 and 70,218 died of it, making it one death for every two new
diagnoses. With the incidence of the disease rising by more than 20% since 2008, India is
expected to have a whopping 200,000 new cases of breast cancer per year by 2030.

“There is also a rural urban gap to this disease. While in cities and urban areas, breast
cancer is the most common cancer in females, in villages cervical cancer is still the most
common. This also points to the fact that urban behaviors and lifestyle have some

Need to Stay Alert After 25

contribution to the increasing incidence of the disease. Lifestyle factors such as
excessive weight, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol intake are associated with increased
risk of breast cancer,” says Dr Meenu Walia.

The good news is that more patients today, as compared to 10 years back, are
presenting in early stages owing to better awareness of the disease. This is important as
these early stage patients require less treatment and the cure rates are very high.

However, the percentage of early diagnosed patients is still abysmally low. This means
that as many as 60% of the patients present at stage III or stage IV when it is too late to
treat the disease or prolong the life of the person.

“At the same time urban behavioral patterns such as delayed pregnancies, reduced
duration of breastfeeding, use of oral contraceptives, increased consumption of
processed food as well as some form of environmental toxicity that may be causing
genetic mutation, are believed to have increased risk,” adds Dr Saha.

Both doctors agree that unfortunately most younger women do not care about regular
screening and some even tend to ignore warning signs because they believe they are too
young to suffer from breast cancer. In its very initial phase, breast cancer doesn’t
present any symptoms; the earliest symptoms that may manifest include a painless
lump in the breast, unusual discharge from the nipple, a change in the breast shape or
size, or swelling or lump in the breast or underarm area. Any notable abnormality in the
breast should be immediately reported to a doctor and evaluated for further
investigation.

Stay Alert Once You Turn 25

Almost half of the breast cancer deaths in India can be preventable if the disease is
presented on time. This highlights the lack of awareness among people as well as a
complete absence of a mass screening program. Regular screening not only saves lives
by diagnosing the disease at an early stage, but also allows doctors to undertake less
disfiguring surgeries and less toxic treatments, with higher chances of cure.

 Monthly self examination starting at 25 years of age: Once in a month after
completion of menstrual bleeding, it is recommended that you conduct a self
examination to rule out any lump, or change in shape of your breast area.

 Clinical breast examination is recommended every 3 years after one turns 25

 Clinical Breast Examination with mammography yearly after the age of 40 years.