World Cancer Day awareness campaign conducted in Tiruchi
TIRUCHI: Early detection and healthy lifestyle would keep cancer at bay. If you have been hearing this all the time from the medicos, hear it from the tinsel town stars too.
The five-member crew from Chennai comprising actors Swarnamalya, Vijay Adhiraj, Brinda Das, Raj Kamal and Latha Rao restated the advices for the public at the World Cancer Day awareness campaign conducted by Kaveri Medical Centre (KMC) on Tuesday.
Brinda Das’s account of how her mother unsuccessfully fought cancer set the programme to a grim start. Calling on people to go in for annual medical check-up, Ms. Das ruefully recounted that early detection might have saved her mother.
For a happy and healthy living, Swarnamalya’s suggestions were yoga and meditation. “Live closer to nature and keep a watch on your health periodically.” Cancer patients must fight the ailment with confidence and believe in cure, she said.
Taking the blame on him and his counterparts in film media for portraying cancer as a fatal disease, Vijay Adhiraj called upon the cancer survivors for creating awareness among the public.
Ravi Iyengar, surgical oncologist, observed that of the nine lakh cancer patients, only 20 per cent receive treatment at appropriate time. Late diagnoses increase complications and decrease the probability of living, he said.
The Inspector General of Police I. Raja presided over the function.
The KMC would soon begin a hospice centre for patients with chronic cancer, Medical Director T. Senthil Kumar announced at the programme. Cancer survivors and their relatives got on to stage to narrate how they battled out of cancer. Managing Director S. Chandrakumar, Executive Director S. Manivannan and radiation oncologist S. P. Srinivas spoke.