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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (30 October 2020): Breast cancer and Cervical cancer are the most common types of cancer among women in Sri Lanka. Following breast surgery, women are reluctant to move their arm due to pain and also being frightened that the surgical site will be subject to trauma. As a result, a cushion was developed to be worn after surgery to provide pain relief as well as a physical and emotional comfort to women. Free movement of the arm helps reduce lymphoedema (swelling in the arm following removal of the breast and lymph nodes in the armpit) which is a post-surgical complication.

To mark the significance of breast cancer awareness month, UNFPA supported Zonta club II to recommence regular supply of breast cushions in Sri Lanka. UNFPA Sri Lanka Country Representative Ms. Ritsu Nacken handed over the aid to Zonta Club President Ms. Meneka Galgamuwa in the presence of UNFPA Sri Lanka Assistant Representative Ms. Madusha Dissanayake, Consultant Venereologist- Dr Sujatha Samarakoon and Director at the Zonta Club II Board-Ms. Shyama Perera.