Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Every person has a different breast shape, size, colour, and it is bound to change in the way it looks and feels over the years. In fact, they may even feel different at different times of the month, and that is completely normal. That said, it is important to understand and identify certain changes that may be unusual than the ones you usually see, as it may be a symptom of breast cancer. Early detection of breast cancer symptoms is vital when it comes to treating it. Therefore, if you notice any of the following changes, it is best to visit a professional doctor and get checked.

 

Unusual tenderness or soreness

Women may feel a certain amount of tenderness or soreness before or during their monthly cycle which is completely normal. However, if the pain or tenderness seems unusual, more than normal, or untimely, it’s always best to avoid the risks and get investigated by your doctor.

 

Lumps or bumps

This is usually the most telling breast cancer symptom. If you find a lump or a bump that wasn’t there before, you should visit a doctor. Keep in mind that not all lumps are cancerous, but getting such symptoms of breast cancer checked, is always the safest thing to do.

 

Change in appearance

Your breasts change in shape, size, and colour over the years but if you notice a drastic or abnormal change in how they look, it could be a breast cancer symptom that you should not ignore.

 

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Rashes

If you notice rashes, swelling, crusting, or redness on the skin of your breasts, it could be a symptom of breast cancer.

 

Nipple discharge

Experiencing a milky discharge from your breasts if you’re not breastfeeding, may be a cause for concern and should be checked by a professional at the earliest.

 

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Change in direction of the nipple

If the nipple is turned inwards instead of outwards, it may be a sign of breast cancer. Additionally, if you notice unusual asymmetry of change in one breast, it is best to get checked. However, many people have asymmetrical breasts, therefore there is a need to worry only if it is a newly noticed change.

 

All these symptoms may not necessarily indicate cancer, but having them checked is a must. Moreover, doing regular checks for breast cancer even if you don’t have these symptoms is a good practice.

 

If you, or anyone you know is fighting breast cancer, and struggling to pay the medical expenses, help them out by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru, and mobilizing people to donate towards yours, or your loved one’s treatment fund. If all of us come together to pool in small sums of money for breast cancer patients, there will be more survivors than sufferers!

 

Don’t let Breast Cancer win – identify the symptoms.

5 Ways to Help Animals during Summer

The summer temperatures in India have been rising every year. The excruciating heat puts animals at risk of dying due to dehydration. Human beings are well able to protect themselves from the heat, but our urban stray companions have a tough time during these scorching months. However, we can help save animals in so many ways. Small acts of kindness such as looking out for animals at risk, pet rescue, and feeding, can greatly help animals get by in this heat.

 

We’ve listed out 5 simple things you can do, to help animals and birds at risk, in your locality this summer:

 

Organize a feeding program

This isn’t something you should only do during the summer, but animals and birds really need the extra energy to survive the heat. So if you see an animal scavenging around in garbage bins and looking for food, you can always put together some leftovers from your fridge to feed the stray birds and animals that are at risk of starvation. You don’t need to be an animal welfare activist to do this.

 

Pet rescue, foster care, and shelter stray animals

Adopting over buying pets is something that cannot be stressed enough. There are thousands of dogs and cats that wander around across every area in India. Try giving them a home. Especially in the summer, they get dehydrated and their skin burns with the rays. The only shelter for them is hiding under cars or looking for shade in the trees.

 

Look out for distressed animals

If you spot any heat stressed birds or animals who are struggling to survive, call an animal welfare group and ask them for help, or even seek immediate advice on how to save the animal. Give them food or water, and contact a vet if necessary.

 

#PledgeABowl of water for animals and birds

The most number of animal deaths due to dehydration takes place in the months of March to June in India. The simple act of putting out a bowl of water can save animals and birds from dying of thirst. Several animal enthusiasts are participating in the #PledgeABowl campaign, wherein they put out bowls of water in different parts of the city. Many have raised funds online, to purchase cement, clay, and plastic bowls as part of #PledgeABowl.

 

Donate towards animal welfare programs

There may be reasons why an individual cannot take up animal welfare acts such as pet rescue or feeding programs. But there are other ways to participate in animal welfare activities. Animal lovers and enthusiasts run innumerable campaigns to get financial support for their projects. You can always donate towards feeding programs, shelter programs, and other campaigns such as #PledgeABowl. Look out for one that resonates with you, and save these animals.

You don’t need to be an animal lover to show some compassion for the helpless and voiceless stray in your locality. If funds are what you need for your mission to help animals at risk, we encourage you to raise funds by starting a crowdfunding campaign on Impact Guru. All you have to do is tell the world about the issue you are trying to resolve, and ask them to donate towards your campaign. Share it extensively with your friends and family on social media, so that more people can be part of your initiative. It is a great way to make a difference to the lives of our furry friends who can’t speak for themselves.

How Foreign Donations are Revolutionising the Indian Social Sector

According to an article by the Hindustan Times, foreign donations to Indian NGOs was at a soaring amount of INR 12,000 crores in the year 2013-2014. This number nearly doubled to INR 22,000 crores in the year 2014-2015. It is to be noted that majority of the foreign donations to Indian NGOs was distributed across seven states – Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and West Bengal.

 

The drastic increase of NRI donation calls for an enlightening discussion about the potential of crowdfunding for NGOs in India through NRI donations, and the role of the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) in paving way for overall social development in a number of sectors.  The pattern of foreign donations in India has highlighted child welfare, education, rural development, and public health, as the categories with the most amount of foreign funding. The consequence of this is that we have taken a significant step in improving and securing the future generations of India by growing in these categories, and allowing common man an easier access to it.

 

Cutting back to a few years ago, NGOs had very few options to financially sustain their work. It was mostly philanthropic individuals, charitable trusts, and more recently, CSR initiatives by large corporates that made the most contributions. But today the opportunities are bursting through the seams. The era of internet connectivity and tech innovations have expanded the scope of fundraising activities that a nonprofit can take up. Crowdfunding is a case in point, where anyone, from business, to NGOs, and individuals, can raise money for projects ranging from personal needs, social work, capital for business ideas, medical expenses, to educational expenses. All you have to do is pitch your idea, make an appeal to your circles on social media, and ask them to donate to your cause and share it with others if the idea resonates with them. The more viral it gets, the more donations you draw. This has brought success to innumerable startups, social enterprises, NGOs, and individuals world over, as well as in India.

 

On the other hand, the opportunities that foreign donations brought to the social sector, are no less. The FCRA implemented in 2010 came as a blessing to NGOs and nonprofits who truly wanted to further their projects in the development sector. FCRA enables individuals, associations, and NGOs in India to receive foreign funding after a formal registration process.

 

An interesting dynamic can be established between the two aspects (crowdfunding and foreign donations) in the social sector. A combination of NRI donations and crowdfunding for NGOs in India not only allows NGOs to raise funds with higher currencies, but will also keep a check on the utilization of funds received, and the projects undertaken with those funds. Moreover, social media communication, which is fundamental to crowdfunding is a great catalyst to draw in, and encourage NRIs to make donations towards development in their homeland. This also puts responsibility of accountability on Indian NGOs to utilize the funds they receive through NRI donations, appropriately. Interestingly, FCRA prohibits political funding through this method.

 

The bottom line is that crowdfunding in combination with foreign donations has the potential to be a sustainable financial model for NGOs in India, looking to create a better India with their various interventions. As long as the ulterior motive is to add long-term benefit to society, there is no reason that individuals or corporates, both, in India and overseas won’t want to be a part of it. The only questions remains is if Indian NGOs and nonprofits are quick enough to recognize and seize such opportunities.

 

Indian donors living in the UK and USA, can donate towards vetted NGOs in India now, and are further incentivised to participate in India’s development activities, by claiming tax benefits from their own government. The Indian NGOs that are interested to reap the benefits of this partnership may visit this link.