Awareness programme lays more stress on ill-effects of tobacco and its related cancers

After cardiovascular disease, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the country. The disease can affect anybody irrespective of age, culture, and gender. However, with advanced technology, the chance of survival is 93 per cent high in case of early detection, surgical oncologist and managing director of Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital and Research Institute (MGCH and RI) V. Murali Krishna has said.

Addressing hundreds of police personnel at the cancer awareness campaign organised jointly by The Hindu and MGCH & RI at Police Auditorium here on Tuesday, he said: “Health statistics indicate that lung cancer among men and breast cancer among women have been the most common cancers reported these days. Smoking, uncontrolled intake of alcohol, recurring infections, improper diet, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, environment and genetic factors are some of the top reasons that cause cancer.”

To mark the ‘World Cancer Day’, the stress was more on the ill-effects of tobacco and its related cancers. “Since tobacco consumption contributes to highest number of cancer deaths, 50 per cent of the disease can be controlled if we help people quit smoking. Also it is important to practise what you preach. I lost almost 20 kilos before recommending my patients to lose weight. In case, if you smoke, it’s high time you kick the habit and be a cancer crusader,” Dr. Murali Krishna added.

Initiative lauded

City Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy, who was the chief guest, appreciated the initiative taken by The Hindu and said: “When it comes to cancer, we are generally caught in a web of doubts, confusion and anxiety. The trauma that the family members of a cancer patient go through is something inexplicable. When I was very young, I lost my mother due to oesophageal cancer. But in 1981, there was not much awareness about the disease. It is necessary to understand the causes and symptoms of cancer to identify its early signs rather than getting carried away by the myths and fear factors associated with it.”

Annual feature

Regional general manager of The Hindu T.V. Suresh said: “We have been featuring several campaigns related to Environment Day, World No Tobacco Day and World Cancer Day partnering with other organisations. Cancer awareness drive has now become an annual feature and we look forward to conduct many such workshops in future.”

B. Atchuta Rao Additional DCP (Administration) along with the staff members of The Hindu participated in the event.

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