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Shatrughan urges people to shun tobacco to Prevent Cancer

Noted Bollywood actor and former Union health minister Shatrughan Sinha appealed to the people, particularly youths, to give up habit of using tobacco to prevent cancer. He said the use of tobacco in any form has proved highly injurious to health and increased the number of cancer patients across the world.

Speaking on the occasion of World Cancer Day on Wednesday at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan, he said, “Health of the nation is the wealth of the nation. ”Sinha, who drew repeated applause from the capacity audience, said that he had used tobacco earlier as a fashion in Bollywood. However, he gave up smoking the moment he realised its bad effect on health.

He said that India has maximum number of oral cancer patients in the world. The country has become a capital of diabetic patients in the world. Efforts must be made to check spread of these diseases in the larger interests of the country and society, Sinha said.

Bihar State Board of Religious Trusts administrator Kishore Kunal announced that Mahavir Mandir would now bear half of the cost of cancer treatment being incurred on the treatment of poor children at Sansthan. He also announced that Mahavir Mandir had recently donated about Rs 3 crore to Mahavir Vatsalya Hospital. Jeevan Jyoti (hospice) being constructed at Hajipur would start functioning soon to cater to the needs of the old and sick people, he said.

Noted oncologist of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Dr. P Kurkure threw light on cancer among children. She said that this year's slogan of WHO is ‘I love my healthy and active childhood’. Cancer among children is fully curable if it is treated in time. However, children will have to change lifestyle and must do proper exercise to remain healthy in life, she said.

Earlier, Sansthan director Dr. J K Singh dwelt at length on the role of Sansthan in providing better medicare facilities to cancer patients pouring in from different places of the country. He said that while vaccine for cervix cancer has become a reality, vaccine for liver cancer will be available soon much to the relief of cancer patients, he said.

About 40 per cent cancer can be reduced or checked if proper awareness is created among poor people living in rural areas, he said.

Times of India
05 February 2009
Patna, India

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