‘Sedentary lifestyle, consumption of junk foods should be avoided'
The Government General Hospital (GGH) will have diagnostic equipment for cervical and breast cancers installed in the near future. A sizeable number of women approach doctors at the GGH every year with distinct features of cancer and they needed to be given early confirmation so that treatment can be given before the tumours become malignant.
Cervical and breast cancers are widely prevalent in India but a miniscule percentage of the women know the causes and consequences. Most cases are reported in the late stage when the chances of saving the lives are bleak.
Addressing a cancer awareness programme held at the Government General Hospital (GGH) here on Monday on the occasion of National Cancer Awareness Day, hospital superintendent Ch. Mohan Rao said cancer was the second leading cause of death in the world after heart-attack and unhealthy lifestyles have emerged as the dominant cause in the country.
While cervical and breast cancers are highly prevalent in women, lung and intestinal cancer are common in men, largely due to consumption of tobacco. Besides, harmful food habits cause different forms of cancer in both the sexes.
Awareness is the key to prevention and lifestyle modification will do a great deal of good to the present generation in protecting themselves from cancer.
Guntur Medical College principal K.S. Vara Prasad said there was a period in history when millions died due to viral and bacterial infections but today sedentary lifestyles and junk foods have become a public health hazard.
Self-examination at regular intervals would help in preventing cancer or detecting it in early stages and it is imperative that people should lead healthy lifestyles to live long free from disease.
Head of Department of Radiotherapy D.S. Raju Naidu and others spoke.