Application available on Android and iPhone platforms

The Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Oncology and Research here on Tuesday launched an e-book on prostrate cancer in both English and Tamil at an event taken up to mark the World Cancer Day.

A month-long free screening programme for prostrate cancer for men above 50 years was also launched under the Institute’s ‘Deepam’ initiative. A QR-coded information about various types of cancers was also released.

Explaining this initiative, P. Guhan, Director of the Institute, said that the QR Code would be stuck on the patients’ discharge summary free of cost.

Through the use of a QRC reader, the patient can scan the code on his smart phone to access the e-book, which would be updated every month. This application had been released for both android and iPhone platforms.

People can also raise queries through this application. Nearly 75 per cent of the men suffering from prostrate cancer consulted a doctor only after the disease had advanced considerably, added Dr. Guhan.

Quoting statistics pertaining to Chennai, E. Hemanth Raj, Chairman of Surgical Oncology and Additional Director, Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai, pointed out that the rate of cancer among men had nearly doubled from 62.4 per one lakh population during 1982-89 to 111.4 during 2009-10.

“From 1:11 ratio, the chance of a man acquiring cancer in the capital has increased to 1:7. The cancer rate in women has increased from 89.4 to 124.9 in the same period, according to the data from the Madras Metropolitan Tumour Registry, a population-based cancer registry at the Cancer Institute,” he said.

The incidents of cancer were higher in urban areas due to lifestyle and environmental factors besides longer life expectancy. Since treating cancer was expensive, he called for prevention through increased awareness activities. C. Soundararaj, managing trustee, SNR and Sons Trust, R. Vijaya Kumhar , joint managing trustee, took part in the function.

Those needing information on free screening campaign, which will be conducted from February 4 to March 4, and other initiatives could contact the Sri Ramakrishna Institute on 0422-4389797 / 4500203.

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