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Cancer Awareness Need of the Hour: Prez

Times of India
29 May 2011
Pune, India

There is need to bring about cancer awareness by educating people about various aspects of the ailment and its early detection, President Pratibha Patil said here on Sunday.

She also said it is important to have necessary infrastructure in place to support early detection of cancer and provide advanced treatment facilities and medicines to cure the condition.

Patil was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of an integrated cancer treatment and research centre of the Bharatiya Sanskriti Darshan Trust (BSDT) at Wagholi, near Pune. Governor of Maharashtra K Sankaranarayanan was also present on the dais.

"Among the top reasons of death in the country, cancer features at number six. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, around 10 lakh new cases of cancer are registered in the country annually. There is late detection for around two-third of cancer patients in the country and this complicates the treatment. Cancer as a disease can be controlled, if steps are initiated at the right time for the treatment. This is possible only when the common people are informed about the disease," she said.

Patil also spoke about a research linking cancer to consumption of tobacco. "Annually, around eight lakh people in the country die because of tobacco consumption. It is essential to bring about social awareness, especially among people of the lower income group, where tobacco consumption is high."

She said the BSDT centre is taking steps to bring about public awareness about cancer by organising various camps. "The ayurvedic treatment introduced by the BSDT to increase life expectancy by reducing sufferings from cancer and also treatment-related toxic side-effects is commendable."

Patil said that ayurveda has gained popularity at international levels. "I have discussed ayurveda and its treatment with other countries' presidents. I feel there is need for discussions among scholars of allopathy, ayurveda, homeopathy on the effective use of drugs to cure various diseases."

Meanwhile, the governor said massive awareness against rampant tobacco consumption, especially among the youth and the rural population, is a need of the hour. He said it is imperative to strengthen and upgrade healthcare infrastructure to diagnose and treat cancer.

Chairman of BSDT Sadanand Sardeshmukh and director oncology Arvind Kulkarni delivered the welcome address and introduction to the centre respectively.

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