Breast cancer, a disease that often gets shrouded in silence and stigma even though it affects the lives of millions of women across the globe. It is the most common form of cancer among women worldwide, with a huge impact on their physical and mental health. It forms in the cells of the breasts.
The journey of a patient suffering from this particular kind of cancer is marked with fear, uncertainty and pain. Adding to that, there are various cultural taboos associated with the disease which deter women from sharing their experiences or seeking help. This can have dire consequences on the health of the patient as early detection and receiving timely treatment is of utmost importance to improve chances of survival.
Spreading awareness about Breast Cancer
Spreading awareness about this disease is vital to advance in the diagnosis and aid in early diagnosis. Breast cancer survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths associated with the same have also reduced due to personalized approach in the treatment process and a better understanding of the disease.
Pariva Pranati’s contribution
Advocating for this cause, the popular channel- Sony SAB and a mainstream actress are working tirelessly to spread awareness and break taboos. Pariva Pranati, 40, is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Indian soap operas. She has previously been seen in Vaada Raha and With Love, Delhi. She is best known for essaying her current role as Vandana Wagle in the soap opera- Wagle ki Duniya – Nayi Peedhi Naye Kissey on Sony SAB.
In recent episodes of the show, the audience has witnessed how Vandana was diagnosed with breast cancer and has decided to proceed with the treatment.
Vandana’s storyline, which includes her battle with breast cancer, has been portrayed with sincerity, sensitivity and authenticity. The show shows the physical, and emotional challenges faced by the patient as well as their families and loved ones.
This honest portrayal has struck a chord with the audiences. Pariva’s nuanced performance depicting the complexities of the character has not only educated audiences about the disease but also created a platform where such topics can be discussed openly. Many individuals have come forward with their problems and are having discussions with their families and friends fearlessly. The character has become a source of inspiration to women and men alike giving them strength in their silent battle.
The importance of regular check-ups, screenings, and early detection has become an integral topic of conversation. There is a shift in dialogue, becoming the first step in breaking stereotypes and taboos around the disease.
Pariva Pranati should truly be commended as she has taken her advocacy of the illness off-screen as well. Using her reach and platform as an actress and influencer, she is spreading awareness about breast cancer. She is urging women to prioritize their health and go for regular check-ups. They should never be afraid to seek medical help whenever needed. She also had a conversation with Dr. Tanaya Narendra, better known as @dr_cuterus on Instagram to talk about the disease.
As a society, we need to continue this dialogue and make breast cancer a critical health issue. It is a battle that takes a lot out of a person, it causes pain and fear, however, with modern medicine, early detection and timely treatment, and unwavering love of family and friends; this battle can be won. Pariva Pranati’s contribution comes as a ray of hope showing the way towards a society where this disease is no longer a taboo topic of conversation by showing support and understanding to the patients and providing them with an environment where they can discuss their feelings without fear of being judged or ostracized.