ArtCan is an initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer and examination.
What’s it about? ArtCan is an exhibit that showcases each frame as a story of a woman and a breast examination. The artist Adarsh said art is a unique way to spread awareness and educate people about the importance of breast examinations.
- Eight mural artworks depict the eight steps of a self-breast examination, acting on time and defeating cancer. They’ve also been shown in a book called the Chitra Sutra.
- Blending art with a relevant topic will help the message reach more people. Art is a medium that touches people and can start a dialogue and break down stigmas.
Expert speaks: Dr Manjula Rao from the Apollo Proton Cancer Centre said breast cancer cases are steadily rising. In India, 60% of the cases are diagnosed in locally advanced or advanced stages. In the West, it’s 10% as there’s more awareness. In India, there isn’t enough information about breast examinations, with no national screening programmes.
(Image credits: Apollo Cancer Centres’ YouTube video)