} Fifth Edition Of Pinkathon Announced In Chennai!

The fifth edition of Pinkathon, the country's biggest women's run, is planned to be held on 5th August this year at Island Grounds in the city," announced the founder of Pinkathon, Milind Soman.

The run, with the motto of promoting fitness and health and to create awareness about breast cancer, will spread the message well-being of women' and is supported by various NGOs and media.

A panel of dignitaries - 102-year-old Indian track and field athlete, Mann Kaur, Apollo Hospitals' surgical oncologists, Dr A P Subash Kumar, and medical oncologist, Dr Ramanan, Tamilarasi Srinivasan, RJ Abinaya and Sulakshana Badani were present during the media briefing today.

Milind Soman, who is also a model and actor by profession, said, "Pinkathon started in 2012 in Mumbai, India, with 2,000 participants which grew up to 70,000 participants across eight cities.The kind of energies women came with drove us to move forward and this converted into a movement, eventually into a community."

For thousands of years, women have not contributed as much as they can due to some sociological reasons and this run is conducted to break those taboos. "We have been receiving a lot of discouragement. But every woman must prove it's just the idea of society, which is not true," he stressed.

Women in Chennai will not run - this is the first statement we got when we wanted to conduct the run in the city. But surprisingly, it is Chennai where we got the highest number of participants in the country, he pointed out.

Apollo Hospitals, associated with Pinkathon, will be conducting free health check-up for participants and free mammogram for those above 45 years of age.

Addressing media persons, Dr Subash Kumar said, "Many in the country feel that breast cancer is a western disease, which is not true. The incidence of breast cancer is high and by 2020 we will have highest occurrence than any other country in the world.

Particularly, in America, one in six women dies because of this condition and in India it is one in two. So it is the need of the hour to create awareness among women."

One of the ambassadors, Sulakshana, said, "We just playfully applied for the run conducted for the first time in Chennai in 2014. But it was then I realised its importance when I was affected with breast cancer. In 2016, I decided to be part of Pinkathon. I had no symptoms and just felt tired. Then I went for a check-up. Women should adopt the habit of exercising."

"Among the thousands of women who participate in the run, only 2 per cent avail of the mammogram offer which clearly shows awareness among the people," said Milind Soman.


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