As part of fulfilment of its corporate social responsibility, The Hindu in association with Manipal Hospitals is organising an awareness campaign on Thursday on the occasion of World Cancer Day.
Vice-Chancellor of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences A.V. Krishnam Raju will flag off the awareness rally at 8.15 a.m. at Benz circle from where the participants will march through the areas of Pinnamaneni Polyclinic road, Mother Teresa junction, Red circle, Swaraj Maidan and reach Hotel Fortune Murali Park, where a meeting will be held at 9.30 a.m.
Dr. Krishnam Raju, the chief guest of the function, and medical oncologists of the Manipal Hospital will highlight the significance of the day in reference to this year’s theme “Cancer Can Be Prevented Too”.
The World Cancer Day is being observed every year on February 4 mainly to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.
G. Krishna Reddy, consultant medical oncologist, Manipal Super Specialty Hospital, Vijayawada, says that at least 7.6 million of the over 12 million people diagnosed with cancer globally each year, die.
In India, 50 per cent of the approximately 12 lakh people diagnosed to have cancer succumb to the disease every year. Closer home in Andhra Pradesh, nearly 80,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed in a year.
Stating that cancers are curable if detected early, he says there are seven symptoms identified which could be a sign of cancer.
These symptoms include a change in bowel or bladder habits, a sore that does not heal, unusual bleeding or discharge from any place, a lump in the breast or other parts of the body, chronic indigestion or difficulty in swallowing, obvious changes in a wart or mole and persistent cough or hoarseness of voice.