World Cancer Day will be observed in the city on Saturday by organising several awareness programmes including workshop for doctors and a film screening at NFAI. The theme this year is Together It Is Possible. Dr. Ashok Bhanage,chairman,Ruby Hall Cancer Centre,said,as part of the programme,courses about early diagnosis and treatment of cancer will be conducted for doctors.
With cancer cases rising in India,the Union Health Ministry has made a Rs. 15,855 crore plan for its early diagnosis and treatment over the next five years.
Bhanage said there are about 28 lakhs cancer patients in India at any point of time.
As many as 10 lakh new cases are added every year and about 5 lakh deaths occur in the country because of cancer. The disease accounts for 14 per cent of the non-communicable disease (NCD) mortality in India and about 9 per cent of all deaths.
Experts say cancer is expected to rise further due to increase in life expectancy and effects of tobacco.
Dr Shona Nag,radiation oncologist at Sahyadri Hospital,said that over 70 per cent of cancer cases in India are diagnosed late,leading to poor survivor and high mortality rates.
The leading sites of cancer are the oral cavity,lungs,oesophagus and stomach in men and cervix,breast and oral cavity in women. WHO has warned that India will be the next hub for cancer.
Ruby Hall Cancer Centre has been conducting courses for doctors on early diagnosis of cancer. The course is conducted over six half-day sessions on consecutive Sundays. Experts from various fields of cancer treatment give lectures and resident doctors are provided practical experience. More than 1,000 doctors have availed these courses over the last 5 years. The sixth edition of the course will start on February 5 and the doctors attending will be awarded 8 credit points by Maharashtra Medical Council.
Meanwhile,on the occasion of World Cancer Day,the Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre,in association with Aashay Film Club,will screen an international documentary film Life Before Death on February 5 at 10.30 am at the National Film Archive of India. Life Before Death was created by Australian production company Moonshine Movies and is presented by Lien Foundation. This film explores the issue of untreated pain and the need for improved access to palliative care globally.
Smoking on screen: City hospital thanks Censor Board for new guidelines
Tata Memorial Hospital expressed its gratitude to the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) for implementing its new notification to curb the glamorisation of tobacco on screen. A statement issued states that Agneepath has becomes the first movie to incorporate the new guidelines. In a letter to Pankaja Thakur,CEO,CBFC,the Tata Memorial Hospital doctors have said that efforts to do so will prove to be a deterrent for others. Ahead of World Cancer day on February 4,statistics are shocking. Apart from killing 1 million Indians every year,tobacco alone is responsible for 1.5 lakh cancers,4.2 million heart diseases,3.7 million lung diseases every year. In India,2,200 persons die every day from tobacco-related diseases. The cost of treating this disease,as estimated by ICMR in 1999,was Rs 277.61 billion ,said Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi,Associate Professor,Head and Neck department,Tata Memorial Hospital.