To commemorate International Cancer Awareness Day on February 4,Cancer Council of India (CCI) organised a lecture for the students and staff of Arya College for Boys,Civil Lines,Ludhiana. The key speaker of the event,and Executive Chairman of CCI Dr Devinder Singh Sandhu said,Cancer is a preventable (to some extent) and treatable (to a large extent) disease.
Cure rate varies according to the stage and type of cancer. But a majority of cancer patients in India seek medical help only after the cancer has reached a very advanced level.
He stressed that about 40 percent of cancers can be prevented by life style modifications and for the rest,chance of death can be significantly reduced by screening. He informed that high fat diet,sedentary life style,lack of exercise,obesity,small intake of fruits and vegetables,increasing use of pesticides and water pollution are some of the factors that cause cancer. Food and vegetables like onions,garlic,carrots,tomatoes,cabbage,cauliflower,soy,green leafy vegetables,potatoes,berries,citrus fruits,apples,whole grains and nuts,beans and other legumes and cherries have been shown to have a positive effect in dealing with cancer.
Dr Meenakshi Mittal,a Radiation Oncologist said that the International Cancer Awareness Day has been adopted as National Cancer Awareness Day by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and recommended that a separate cancer network within the framework of the health infrastructure is needed. Linkages with AIDS awareness programme could be beneficial. A health project like the one envisaged involving women in a developing environment should be conducted only under the leadership of women. The project must be adequately supported financially.
Dr S S Johl,Padam Bhushan and chairman of CCI said,CCI holds regular lectures,seminars and camps on cancer awareness,early detection,screening of cancer as well as on its management, He added that CCI would be holding various cancer events throughout the year.