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Karishma Kapoor to flag off Pinkathon 2012

Actress Karisma Kapoor will flag off the Pinkathon 2012 run to raise awareness about breast cancer. It is scheduled to take place in Mumbai Dec 16. Pinkathon 2012 is a women's run, conducted in association with the Women's Cancer Initiative to raise awareness about breast cancer. It is being conducted for the first time in Mumbai under three categories - 10 kms, 5 kms and 3 kms.
'I am really happy to be flagging off the Pinkathon. I think it is very important for women to know about breast cancer. If detected early, it is extremely curable and there is life beyond that,' Karisma said in a statement. 'As a woman, I am really proud of being a part of this initiative and I hope to see all women out there on the 16th,' added the 38-year-old.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from the breast tissues. Both men and women can be afflicted by it though it's rarer in men. Along with cervical cancer it's one of the most common types of cancer that afflicts women. One of the major issues with breast cancer is that it is often not detected soon enough. This is due to low awareness about the disease. Detecting it early can significantly reduce the death risk.

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