BUENA PARK,CA-In order to better understand cancer, the Jain Center of Southern California, the Anekant Community Center and the Indian American Senior Heritage presented a seminar on “Understanding Cancer’” focusing on breast and prostate cancer on November 22 at the Jain Center here. Cancer is the generic name...
The program began with, a beautiful invocation of “Navkar Mantra Dance” by girls from the Nityashetra Dance Academy.After a mission statement from Ila Mehta, an Anekant Community Center member,the first of the two moderators, Dr. Jayesh Shah.,welcomed the first speaker,Dr. Eknath Deo. Deo gave a powerpoint presentation on all of the aspects of cancer. He gave the audience a general overview including a few stories about cancer and individuals who were given a cancer diagnosis. One of his stories was about Babe Ruth, the renowned baseball player, which unfortunately resulted in the patient’s death.
Dr. Lalit Vora gave a powerpoint presentation on breast imaging. Vora went into the specifics of breast cancer. One of the important take away points was how to read a mammogram. The patient must look at three aspects of the exam: the impression of the breast, the BIRADS number, and the density of the breast. Then follow up with an ultrasound as a complimentary exam.
Vora’s son, Dr. Nilesh Vora then spoke about the various treatments of breast cancer,risk factors of breast cancer, early detection.One of his most important points was that everyone should take care of themselves.It is essential for an individual to be healthy because that is the one aspect of lifestyle that can be modified in hopes of preventing cancer.
Dr. Ashish Parekh then gave a powerpoint presentation on prostate cancer. Parekh spoke about how to screen for prostate cancer as well as explaining the outcome of the screening. Without going into too many specifics, Parekh continued by discussing the detection of the early stages of cancer, treatment options, and ways to prevent prostate cancer.
The event continued with Kristen Thompson being introduced by the other moderator of the evening, Dr. Gunvant Mehta.Thompson is from the American Cancer Society and spoke about how the American Cancer Society can be a great help to those who have received the cancer diagnosis as well as family members and friends. Additionally, she referenced cancer.org the American Cancer Society website as a resource. Continuing the evening,Savita Mehta gave the audience a survivor’s perspective on cancer. An interesting aspect Mehta brought up was that an individual who has received a cancer diagnosis should not hide it.The person should tell everyone who cares about them because the stress of hiding the disease is worse than the disease itself. Additionally, Mehta mentioned that survival was more possible with her family and friends around her to provide love, comfort, support, and care. Prior to the panel discussion and Q & A segment,Bhupendra Soneji sat on a chair in front of the audience to do a meditation demonstration.Everyone participated in this experience.