Rotary Bangalore South and Parimala Hospital, in association with Cancer Care India, Swaasathya Health Foundation,Suman Health Careand Need Need Foundation were involved in the conduct of the two largest Cervical Cancer Screening Camps, and the second one went on to break the existing Guinness World Record in Cervical Cancer Screening and created a new World Record. 
 
THE FIRST CAMP – SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR!
The first camp was held at Rajarajeshwari School, Yeshwantpur on May 31st 2015.  It was inaugurated by the District Governor Shri Manjunath Shetty.  520 patients were screened on this day with the involvement of about 20 Gynecologists and 40 Paramedics. The camp ended abruptly due to heavy rains while we were in striking distance of overtaking the world record of 701 patients done previously by Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai. The PAP smears of all the participants have been sent for examination to Kidwai Institute of Oncology and we are awaiting the reports soon. 
 
THE SECOND CAMP – CREATES HISTORY
Undeterred and determined to achieve the world record target, a second attempt was made on 21st June this time at GK High School, Doddaballapura.  The camp was inaugurated by the Local MLA Shri Venkataramiaha and this time we achieved the target of 701 participants at 5.15 pm which was greeted by thunderous applause by all the assembled people at the venue.  History was created when the 702th participant was recorded and a new World Record was thus established.  The camp concluded at 6 pm with a tally of 731 participants, which is now the new World Record in Cervical Cancer Screening.  There was plenty of jubilation among the participants and the organizers.  Interestingly the second attempt required only half the number of doctors and paramedics from the first effort. 
 
With this Parimala Hospital and Rotary Bangalore South has created a unique distinction of screening a whopping number of 1251 patients in 2 camps.  Though the first camp took 3 months to organize but the second one just took 20 days!!  This is a record of sorts and is unprecedented in the history of any Cancer Camps in the world.  A new benchmark in Community services has thus been established.  Out of the 731 patients screened on 21st June, there was one frank case of Cancer Cervix and 4 suspicious cases which were advised biopsy.  All the smears have been sent to Kidwai for reporting and the reports should be available within 3-4 weeks. 
 
The camp thus was a huge success and has entered into the pages of history with a world record title.  The details of the attempt have been sent to the Guinness World Record Authorities for their verification and acknowledgment of our efforts in creating a new World Record in Cervical Cancer Screening. 
 
Why these camps?
The purpose of these camps was not to create a World Record but was to create a massive awareness among the general public about the number one killer of Women in our country, the Cancer Cervix.  It has been reported that every 8 minutes one of our country women is succumbing to this cancer.  But the silver lining is that if this cancer is detected early by way of a simple PAP Smear Test, then the disease can be completely cured by proper timely intervention thereby preventing the women mortalities due to this cancer.  Ignorance is the hurdle for women getting this simple test done.  As a social responsibility in creating a mass awareness among our women, these camps were organized and with the creating of the World Record we are hugely successful in our efforts of creating a mass awareness among our women folks.
 
We thank all the doctors, organizations, participants, paramedics, and local people who made this endeavor of ours a grand success.  We hope to organize many more camps like this in future to eliminate this Cancer afflicting our women population and create a healthy society with healthy women who are the backbone of our families and nation.
 
This is the first time that a Rotary Bangalore South has made an attempt to enter into the Guinness World Record and we all are very proud and happy at this historic achievement. 
 
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Camp1 at Yeswanthpur on 31st May 2015.
camp2 at Doddaballapur on 21st June 2015