Tuesday, June 30, 2015

All about Breast Cancer.

  • Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer among Indian women.

  •  It can occur at any age, but it is much more likely to occur after age 40 and as you get older.

  •  Goa has the highest number of Breast Cancer cases in the country.

  •  Early detection can increase chances of cure in 80% cases.

  • Breast Cancer early detection is preferred to get maximum cure of atleast 80% and every woman needs to consult a doctor to undergo a mammogram after 40 years of age for safety and as a precautionary measure.
    •  Statistics on Breast Cancer occurrence shows that it is one in 30 in urban India and one in 65 in rural India.

    • Consult your doctors for a clinical breast examination in the interval of three years during your 20s and 30s and every year starting from the age of 40.

    • Consult your doctors without delay for any changes like lumps, pain and liquid discharge from your breasts. Breast self-exam (BSE) is a safer and precautionary test for women starting in their 20s.

    • Breast Cancer is on a higher toll due to changing lifestyle,dietary habits, women opting for babies at a later stage in life and lower duration of lactation are some of the risk bearing factors for women in urban India.
     Sophisticated treatments are available in India which removes the fear in women of losing their breasts due to breast Cancer. It encourages patients to overcome the social, economic, marital and psychological consequences faced by women in India.

    The statistics of breast cancer by WHO states that the toll of breast cancer is on a higher pace than heart ailments and would be highlighted as the deadliest disease in the next two years.
    By 2030, new breast cancer cases is predicted to rise up to 27 million with estimated deaths of 17 million looking into various factors like environment  and food habits, 
    economic levels of the nation, chemicals, medicinal usage, education on precautionary measures.

    Sunday, June 28, 2015

    EVERYDAY HEROES : Pranjali Pande.

    The word cancer itself gives us goosebumps. But when cancer casts Its dark shadow, there are few courageous people with warrior spirits who leave everyone awestruck. 

    One such warrior is  Mrs Pranjali Pande, a very simple Indian housewife and a motherly figure. She thought her life would pass off as a mediocre, like most of others. But after what she has had to endure, having contracted cancer a couple of years back, she has emerged strong. 

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    With a very positive attitude she considers this life as her second birth and that God has a bigger plan for her. She is now living life to the fullest, fighting, winning and relishing every moment. She no longer has the urge to ask God 'Why me? ' .

    Mrs.Pande who got married at an early age was always an art enthusiast and an avid reader. Currently , pursuing her masters in Sanskrit for the love of the language, she dreams of teaching it in a professional course. 

    She also counsels cancer patients and lights in them the hope of a new beginning on recovery.
    She serves as an inspiration not only to cancer patients but to everyone around her.

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    We salute you Mrs. Pranjali , you are a true Yoddha !

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    Author - Vaibhavi Kardale, 
    Yoddhas Ambassador at Yoddhas - Indians Fighting Against Cancer

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Beacon of Light

    Without a sense of universal responsibility there can be only unequal development in the world. The more people come to realise that we do not live on this planet of ours in isolation-that ultimately we are all brothers and sisters- the more likely is progress for all humankind, rather than for just parts of it.
    Dalai Lama

    Given that our media today is strangely negative, we hardly learn of some truly exceptional human beings and their altruistic initiatives.
    Unfortunately the depraved of our society get more than their 30 seconds of fame whilst the kind hearted rarely make to the front page.
    We at Yoddhas love to acknowledge these organisations and fully extend our moral support to them.

    Mumbai Mobile Crèche
    Founded in ___ by Meera Mahadevan, MMC is a beautiful effort to try and give the children of construction site workers their rightful childhood. It works on Multiple Levels to enrich the children's lives in every conceivable aspect. MMC has a three tier approach:
    For children from 0-3 years, MMC runs a crèche run by women trained comprehensively in infant child care.
    Children between the ages of 3-5 are part of the balwadi system. Here the focus is on pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
    Once the child has attained 6 years of age, MMC enrols them in the local municipality school and efforts are made to help these children stay and excel in school.
    Apart from education MMC also ensures the children receive adequate nutrition by providing three meals a day,everyday. The meals are well balanced and include fruits, eggs, milk etc.
    To know more about this amazing organisation please visit:

    St. Jude India
    Founded in 2006, St. Jude aims at provided children diagnosed with cancer a secure, clean environment where they can recover effectively. A lot of families move to metros like Mumbai and Delhi, where better quality and cost effective cancer treatment options are available. During the protracted battle with cancer, these families cannot be admitted in the hospital. They end up living in squalid conditions, and compromising on healthy food. 
    St. Jude provides a caring and nurturing residence for these families. Great care is taken to ensure high levels of hygiene within the premises. Holistic and healthy meals are provided to help the child receive the needed strength to fight this formidable disease. Moreover the family is given the emotional support necessary to deal with the turbulent times. St. Jude also helps the children with transportation between the centres and hospital.
    Today St. Jude has around 17 centres in five cities. They have impacted the lives of over 5000 children.
    To know more about this wonderful initiative please visit:

    Books of the week,
    Palace of Illusions, Chitra Banerjee
    Goldfinch, Donna Tart

    Videos of the week,
    Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UZhioKe8vg

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    First , Stop Running.Then, Get off the wheel.

    1.Rat Race isn't a synonym of success .

    If winning the rat race was a synonym of success , then the  world would have far less successful people ,than it has today. Success is fulfillment of your aim in life and not your company's! 

    2.  You don't even like what you're running for.

    Don't just go for a 9-5 because everyone does. How ridiculous would it be , that you're running for something you absolutely don't like. This is a century where we should be living our dreams , especially the Rom-Com ones for me! Sometimes , this may get a little unrealistic. 
    P.S Zac Efron proposed to me in one. Haha. But you get my point right? Live your dreams. 

    3. You're running , running and running.

     You're just running in the wheel. You put in your time and energy and all the efforts in the world to reach the finish line but you don't find one! Why? Because there's simply no end to a circle. You either continue running or just break it away! 

    4. You aren't a rat. 

    You were born free in this world - Physically and mentally. Cherish that. You are not  just a laboratory rat who keeps following. You get to have your own set of examples and ambitions.

    5. There are way too many rats already! 

    Don't you see rats all around. This one's gonna stun you but it is believed that there are up to 4 times more rats in New York City than there are people. Do the Math yourself. 

    I'm done with the  brainwashing folks! Hope you get something out of it or else  you better get to bed because the clock's ticking and the alarm's set!

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    Author - Khushi Agarwal, 
    Yoddhas Ambassador at Yoddhas - Indians Fighting Against Cancer 

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015

                                                               A ‘FAIR’ Trick
    Shine bright like a diamond? Oh! Who am I kidding? Long gone are those pampered, bloomy skin days, when just a bright smile would accessorize your face. So wondering why is your skin in such a hurry to age faster than you? Well, blame the fancy cosmetics which you have bought from all the leading brands possible.
    HOW!! How did they trick each one of us to buy their products without a second thought?

    1. Who wouldn’t want to look like the celebrity advertising for the product?  
    2. FIT IN, yes totally.
    3. SALES!! 10% OFF,20%OFF. We just love to buy anything on this planet the moment we see the word DISCOUNT. When an expensive brands are available at affordable prices, how can we say NO to the “Now or never” offer?
    4. FAITH. A Fairness cream by a well valued brand (although if it was famous only for automobiles, just saying) is considered as a magic potion which after using thrice a day will transform you into  snow white.

    Oh wait! Hold on. Who am I to judge you anyway? Have you considered how this magic potion will help you become fair? How dazzling toothpaste will help your teeth become white instantly? How a hair gel sets your hair perfectly?
    Some of the fairness creams have indeed shown results by lessening the melanin cells which is responsible for darkness. But the excessive use of these creams have proven to be harmful. Out of the 73 fairness creams tested, CSE found the presence of mercury in over 40 per cent. The use of mercury in cosmetics is prohibited by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act as it causes skin and kidney ailments. Coal tar colours, phenylenediamine, benzene and even formaldehyde are some of the commonly found toxins in shampoos, skin creams are coal tar colours, benzene,phenylenediamine and formaldehyde. These ingredients causes cancer and other fatal illness. The hair gel which we are using on the daily basis dehydrates our hair and also leads to hair fall.

    So why isn’t it banned yet? Because the method and duration of consumption matters a lot.  Very little information about what and how much of these ingredients are absorbed into the body is given so they might not provide the same results when tested. Also due to the loopholes in the government many banned products still run in the market.

    Now you are getting right to the point am trying to make here “excessive use of cosmetics, is fatal”. Yet we continue experimenting on ourselves because of the importance each one of us give on physical appearance. Yes, you read it right, physical appearance also matters but the definition differs for each one of us. Welcome to the greatest misconceptions of the human population, ‘a fairer skin is a healthier skin.’, ‘a size-zero body is a healthy body’, ‘straight hair is the gorgeous hair’.

    All it took for an MNC is to put an arrow right into your weakness, make you feel inferior and desperate to trade anything that takes to reach the ‘now-they-look-good’ standards. Ouch! That hurts.  Now that is what I call as a ‘FAIR trick’.

    It is time we re-define our thinking and not set standards for ‘beauty’. Getting carried away with misconceptions will not only make you a ‘pawn in the game’ but it is also going to affect your body in some way. So all you beautiful people out there choose what you use wisely and do not let the arrows of misconception hurt you.
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    Author - Pranati Guda ,
    Yoddhas Ambassador at Yoddhas - Indians Fighting Against Cancer 

    Friday, June 12, 2015


    1. Find your purpose