More than 600 people turned up for the two-day cancer screening camp organised by the government of Punjab in partnership with Max Healthcare,in Mohali district on Saturday and Sunday . The camp was held at the Civil Hospital in Phase 6 and saw a total of 603 registrations.
Out of these,118 people had confirmed cases of cancer and attended the camp to follow up their treatment and to get counselling for the Punjab Mukh Mantri Cancer Rahat Kosh Scheme,which provides financial help of upto Rs 1.5 lakh to cancer patients of the state.
There were around 282 suspected cases of cancer who underwent various tests for the detection of the disease. According to a door-to-door survey conducted before the camp,there were 931 confirmed cases of cancer in the district,while 1,537 people complained of its symptoms. Therefore,about 600 people out of the 1537 suspected cases turned up.
The people who had confirmed cases did not come as the camp was primarily for detection of the disease,and not its treatment. Yet,many people came for a follow-up of their ongoing treatment, said a doctor.
The tests which were conducted on those who came included Ultrasound,X-ray,tests for oral cancer,prostrate-specific antigen (PSA),CA 125 test for breast cancer and PAP Smear test for uterus cancer.