CANCERATHON - Let's run for a cause - 25 February 2018
1000runners took part in the Cancerathon, a marathon organised by Patrician College for creating awareness about cancer. The run categories were 5km, 7km and 10kms starting from Patrician college - Elliot's Beach – Patrician college. We had a stall where the participants took photographs and they are uploaded to social media with "#isupport #prostate cancer awareness" for creating online support towards prostate cancer awareness.
We thank all the runners for their support towards our online awareness campaign.
Awareness Talk: ICON Clinical Research India Private Limited - November 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation collaborated with ICON Clinical Research India Private Limited and created awareness about Prostate Cancer for the ICON employees. There were about 400 people urologist Dr. Ananthakrishnan explained about Prostate Cancer, its symptoms, early detection and the modalities of treatment.
The ICON conducted poster making competition for their employees and Dr.Ananthakrishnan gave away the winner and runner awards. This was followed by an interactive session where the participants's cleared their doubts and queries related to prostate cancer and disease.
Movember: The Man Company - November 2017
This November the man company has volunteered to create awareness and raise funds to support Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation. Join this movement to create awareness about prostate cancer and to fight against the dire disease of cancer by uploading a black and white filter selfie in your facebook or Instagram account.
Panel Discussion: Prostate Cancer Tumor Board - October 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation collaborated with Dr.Reddy's laboratory and MUS and has organized a panel discussion on Prostate Cancer Tumor Board - Mapping evidence to practice. The Panelist for the session are Dr. M Manoharan, Dr. Sankar Srinivasan and Dr. Muthu Veeramani with Dr. Ananthakrishnan S as the moderator on 28th October 2017.
Awareness Talk : Sathyam Cinemas - September 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation collaborated with SPI cinemas and created awareness about Prostate Cancer to the employees at Sathyam Theatre premises. There were about 60 people and our speaker Mr.Dinesh Kumar explained about Prostate Cancer, its symptoms, early detection and the modalities of treatment. This was followed by an interactive session where the participants's cleared their doubts and queries related to prostate cancer and disease.
Terry Fox Run: Rotary Club of Madras East - September 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation in association with Rotary Club of Madras East and participated in Terry Fox Run 2017, held at Anna University, Guindy Campus on 17th September 2017. We put up a stall to create awareness about prostate cancer and also gave free PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Test coupons. We thank the participants who helped us spread the message to a large audience.
Awareness Talk: Synergy Maritime Pvt Ltd - August 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation in collaboration with Synergy Maritime Pvt. Ltd organised an "Awareness Talk" addressed by Dr. Ananthakrishnan Sivaraman about Prostate Cancer, its symptoms, early detection and Robotic surgery as treatment modality.The employees have assured us to add PSA test to their master health check up in their organization.
This talk has enlightened the employees to spread a word about prostate cancer, also participate to save lives and fight the dire disease of cancer.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Program: Probus Club - May 2017
Prostate Cancer Awareness Program at Probus Club on May 27th, 11am at Russian Cultural Centre. "Know your prostate, clear your doubts, be aware. Early detection can cure prostate cancer."
Free Prostate Cancer Awareness Program: YMCA , Vepery - April 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation in association with YMCA , Vepery are hosting a free prostate cancer awareness program for the benefit of the public on Wednesday, 19th April at YMCA, Vepery, Ritherdon Road between 4pm - 6pm. Dr.Rajaram., I.A.S (Retd), Former Principal Secretary to the Government will be the chief guest. Urologist will speak about the disease, early detection methods and cure and will answer questions from the public. Use of Yoga in treatment of cancer will also be explained. To know more contact 94440 50823 or 96000 04747.
Poster Competition: Public Relations Society of India - February 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation in association with Public Relations Society of India is hosting an All India poster competition to create awareness about prostate cancer. The last date of entry is 20th February. The poster has to create awareness about prostate cancer. It has to be A3 size. If sent digitally it has to be in jpeg format sent to the address firstname.lastname@example.org or could be mailed to Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation office. To know more contact 97908 88540.
World Cancer Day 2017: Rotary Club of Madras East - February 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation in association with Rotary Club of Madras East in conjunction with World Cancer Day created awareness through different media in different parts of the city. Posters on prostate cancer awareness were put up in all Krishna Sweets outlets, Leo coffee outlets, Nalas Appakadai outlets,Odyssey book store, Gandhinagar Club, Naturals Saloon and Spa outlets, Maruthi Car showrooms, Ampa mall and in many other areas.
Awareness was created through radio by talk shows on Hello FM 106.4 and on Big FM 92.7 with RJ Giri. SPI cinemas in all their shows at every center carried an awareness video slide on prostate cancer before every show. Thus we reached out to the masses on importance of early detection of prostate cancer.
Artitude - January 2017
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation is very proud to associate with Artists Conclave, a creative outburst of emotions and ideas on canvas. Artists Conclave believes in collaboration with National and International artists, art societies and organisations worldwide to enrich and epitomise the SOUL of ART in any form.
Artitude 2017 is a fund raiser exhibition for Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation. Funds raised through this initiative will help fund the project - "Operation Prostate Cancer" to "Protect men who Protect Us", whereby IPCF will create awareness and free screening for veterans of the Armed Forces.
Even as slight drizzling chilled the atmosphere in Chennai,onlookers at Art Houz, art gallery were filled with ecstasy by the dexterous and artistic paintings and drawings by various artists of Artists Foundation Conclave. Occasion was a curtain raiser event for Artitude 2017, organized by Artists Conclave Foundation a group of artists along with Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation on 27th Jan 2017 at 6.30 pm to create awareness about prostate cancer among the public.
Ms.KalpanaYuvaraj, curator of the show welcomed the gathering and Mrs.Gayathiri Ananthakrishnan welcomed the chief guests. Ms Alexis wolff, acting Public Affairs Officer US Consulate General Chennai, inaugurated the event, Mrs.NeerjaMalik, Cancer counsellor, and Inspirational speaker spoke about the importance of early detection and encouraged everybody to carry the message. Dr.Ananthakrishnan, Urologist and Robotic Surgeon spoke about the activities of the foundation and how the funds collected would help the project, "Operation Prostate Cancer".
Paintings of 15 artists and sculptures were on display and were a visual treat to the eyes.
Festember, NIT Trichy - About Festember and No Shave November Initiative - November 2016
Festember is the inter college cultural, literary and arts extravaganza of NIT Trichy held in the month of September. We at festember have a social responsibility wing which aims in promoting social responsibility amongst the student community and giving back the best to the society we are brought up in. We have been organising many events along these lines on various backgroups like child education, health care, lost Indian art forms, swatch Bhatath, etc.
Keeping in mind our motto which is to reach out to wider sections of the society, we have ventured into campaigns which use our greatest boon, the online social media. Thinking along these lines, we came up with the idea of actually implementing No Shave November and spreading awareness about its essence and importance. We decided to collect money that will be used for shaving throughout November and donate them to the cancer foundation. Most of the members of Festember contributed towards this and we have raised upto 20K
Movember: The Man Company - November 2016
This Movember, We thank The Man Company and Bling Elements in supporting Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation to create awareness and joining the fight against prostate cancer. Together we can make a difference.
OPERATION PROSTATE CANCER: Protecting men who protect us - ECHS Polyclinic Nandambakkam - October 2016
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation is a NGO working to prevent needless suffering due to prostate cancer. We believe knowledge is the key to awareness and have been conducting awareness campaigns about prostate cancer in various forums in the community.
IPCF salutes the Indian Armed Forces and “Operation Prostate Cancer” to “Protect Men who Protect Us” is our signature project to create awareness and free screening among veterans and serving officers of the Armed Forces. We look at it as a long term project where we hope to reach out to all units in South India. We thank Col.Jayram, Director, Regional Centre, ECHS,Chennai for giving us the oppurtunity to start our first campaign among veterans in Tambaram, Avadi, Island Grounds and Nandambakkam units in association with the Regional Centre, ECHS ,Chennai. ECHS polyclinic at Military Hospital ,Nandambakkam was the venue for the campaign. Group Captain R.Nagaraj , Officer in Charge, ECHS polyclinic, Chennaihelped organize the camp in their premises and lent support for the smooth conduct of the programme. Registers were maintained at each ECHS polyclinic and posters were put up regarding the event one month before the date of the campaign.
The two day event had 106 veterans participating from Avadi, Tambaram, Island Grounds and Nandambakkamcentres. The first day (October 1st) comprised of the formal inaugural of the awareness campaign where Director, Regional Centre, ECHS, Col Jayram stressed on the importance of early detection of prostate cancer followed by an awareness talk by Dr.Ananthakrishnan, Consultant Urologist and Robotic Surgeon. Dr.Ananthakrishnan spoke about the disease, symptoms, early detection methods(PSA blood test ), treatment modalities and how prostate cancer is curable if detected early. This was followed by first phase of screening for 96 participants as the others had their tests done recently and consulted with the urologist directly. The diagnostic tests done were Random blood sugar , urea, creatinine, PSA, haemoglobin and complete urine analysis. On the second day (Oct 2nd) a team of 6 urologists conducted clinical examination (digital rectal examination) and consultation with the respective diagnostic test reports for the participants of the camp. Of the 94 patients who were examined , 6 patients were suspicious cases and was advised TRUS biopsy. 2 patients were identified as almost sure cases of Prostate cancer and were also suggested biopsy. The others were advised as per their symptoms and diagnostic reports. The patients were referred to their respective polyclinics. The first phase of “Protecting Men who Protect Us” project helped create awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of early detection. It helped in detection of possible cases of prostate problems which would be very helpful for the patient. The veterans were very happy about the quality of the awareness and screening done. They were very thankful to Director, Regional Centre, ECHS, Col.Jayram and Group CaptainR.Nagaraj , Officer in Charge, ECHS Polyclinic, Chennai and staff for facilitating the awareness programme.( Feedback attached.)
Ex-Servicemen from the Ordinance Depot, Avadi requested that we conduct another awareness campaign for the benefit of veterans and ex-servicemen at their unit. We hope with continued support from ECHS , Department of ESW and Ministry of Defencewe are able to reach out to more veterans and serving officers and prevent needless suffering due to prostate cancer.
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation salutes the Armed Forces and is grateful to have been given the oppurtunity to contribute towards ‘Nation Building’ .
Walk to Light: Marina Beach, Chennai - September 2016
On September 25th evening at 4.30 PM, we are organizing a short walk "Walk to Light" from Gandhi Statue to the Light house and illuminating the lighthouse at Marina Beach in blue to create awareness about prostate cancer. Director Ahathiyan will lead the walk. It will be a beautiful event and we request everyone to join us to show your support to prostate cancer awareness.
Keeping Friendships and Relationships Alive: Savera, Chennai - September 2016
IPCF has organized a breakfast event with a panel discussion on 'Keeping Friendships and Relationships Alive', between 8 AM - 10.30AM at Savera. The panelists are Ms.LakshmiRamakrishnan, Mr.AvisViswanathan, Ms.SrekalaBarath, Mr.T.N.Manoharan with Mr.RajaKrishnamoorthy.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Poster Campaign - September 2016
We have collaborated with Sri Krishna Sweets and have done a poster campaign followed by an Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign on Sri Krishna Sweets Founder’s Day at 70 places in Chennai.
Awareness Program: TI Cycles - August 2016
We then collaborated with Murugappa group – TI Cycles, and conducted awareness program for the employees at Ambattur and Avadi units.
Father’s Day Event: Big Bazaar, Express Avenue , Chennai - June 2016
IPCF in collaboration with Big Bazaar, Express Avenue celebrated Father’s Day Event. We had a Signature Campaign , a photo session to cherish the moment and take home the message ' Prostate Cancer is curable if detected early" to their DAD’s. We also conducted an awareness program at Big Bazaar, Vadapalani.
First Prostate Cancer Awareness Programme by IPCF - 20th & 21st February 2016 - AMKM Trust Hall, Gangadeeswarar Koil Street, Purasawalkam
The first prostate cancer awareness program organized by Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation in association with AMKM Jain Trust was a huge success. The awareness camp was a two day event. 82 participants attended the event on both days. On the first day , Dr.Ananthakrishnan addressed the audience on prostate cancer, prostate related diseases, symptoms and the modalities of treatment. This was followed by an interactive session where the participants's doubts and queries were answered patiently by Dr. Ananthakrishnan. This interative session helped the participants make an informed decision whether they would like themselves to be tested and the importance of early detection.
Anderson Diagnostics was the diagnostic arm of Indian prostate cancer Foundation and did the PSA , blood test and urine analysis for the participants. The next day, AMKM Jain Trust halls were indigenously converted to consultation suites for the examination of patients by the Urologists. Dr.P.B.Sivaraman, Dr.Kunal, Dr.Vinoth Kumar and Dr.Ananthakrishnan patiently examined all the patients along with their lab reports and advised them . Many were happy that their results were normal and that they had nothing o fear. We did detect some abnormalities and telltale signs of prostate cancer in 4 patients who were advised biopsy and how to deal with the disease and the treatment options. People were very happy with the awareness programme and the way in which it was conducted.Their feedbacks recieved are a testimonial to that.
Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation is grateful to Mr.Dharmichand of AMKM Jain Trust for helping us organize the event and for providing space, volunteers , great coffee and snacks at the event. We thank Mr.Jayakumar of Anderson Diagnostics for the highly professional manner in which the diagnostic part of the camp was taken care of and for their support to the cause. We thank our volunteers, Karthikeyan, Manoharan, Devagi, Raji, Saranya, Daffney, Elakiya and Niranjan who helped make this event a great success.
Launch of Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation (IPCF) - December 2015
Prostate Cancer is one of the common cancers affecting men and the sixth leading cause of cancer death among men worldwide. But awareness about prostate cancer is very low in India. The National Cancer registries and the Adyar Cancer Institute show an increase of 5% in the incidence of prostate cancer in Chennai and many other cities.
IPCF was started to prevent needless suffering due to prostate cancer. Across the world and in India, longevity has increased - while this is a welcome development, it has also brought with it increased vulnerability to the disease. There is thus a need for public awareness, early detection and appropriate management of prostate cancer. Urologists and thought leaders from different walks of life have joined hands to support and steer Indian Prostate Cancer Foundation to reach its goal.
The launch of this Foundation was held on 31st December at ITC Grand Chola. It was a beautiful gathering of doctors, prostate cancer survivors and people from different walks of life. One of the senior most urologists in India, Dr.Chinnaswamy inaugurated the Foundation, Dr.Radhakrishnan, Health secretary released the brochures and Chairman of Apollo group of Hospitals, Dr.P.C.Reddy launched the website.
The initiative was felicitated by a prostate cancer survivor, Dr.Subramanian from Nellore, Head of Vattikuti services India – Mr.GopalChakravarthy, Founder of Mohan Foundation – Dr.SunilShroff and Director of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ganga hospital, Coimbatore – Dr.S.RajaSabapathy.
Dr.S.Ananthakrishnan spoke about the ethos of IPCF, why it is important in India ,the goals of IPCF and how we hope to achieve them. He stressed on the importance of early detection and spoke about the PSA test (blood test) which can help detect cancer early when combined with an examination by the Urologist. Chief Executive, Mrs.Gayathri Ananthakrishnan proposed the vote of thanks.
SEPTEMBER 2015- PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH:
September 14 - 19
Students of Development Management, Madras School of Social Work, as part of their development practicum,developed awareness material for IPCF. They also conducted awareness talk in Panagal park for seniors. We would like to thank Prof.Jesuin John Bose, for coordinating this program.
22nd September 2015 at Rotary Club of Madras South
Dr.Ananthakrishnan spoke on prostate cancer, symptoms, early detection and Robotic surgery as a treatment modality
28th September 2015 at Loyola College
Students of Development Management, Madras School of Social Work, organized an awareness meeting at Loyala College, Chennai. Literature on prostate cancer was distributed and the need for testing amongst men over the age of 45 was emphasized. IPCF is thankful to Prof. Andrew Sesuaraj for coordinating the event.
29th September 2015 at TN Secretariat:
Government officials at Tamil Nadu Secretariat participated in an awareness program about prostate cancer. IPCF is thankful to Dr.Rajaram, Director, Tamil Development, Religious Endowment Board, Information Development, IAS for the opportunity and for printing pocket size booklets on prostate cancer to be distributed at awareness campaigns.
9th November 2015 at IIT Chennai
Indian prostate cancer foundation with the Department of Applied Mechanics discussed the role of robotics in the treatment of prostate cancer and the mechanics of the equipment.
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I was fortunate...Due to the fact that I caught it early it was confined in my prostate. I had the surgery. There's a debate about what you should do. One of the reasons that we're hearing about so many people having prostate cancer is because this test, this PSA test, detects this disease at a very early and curable stage.
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