With the objective to making people aware on cancer, former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam launched a campaign ‘I can have cancer’ undertaken by GEM Cancer and Research Centre here on Friday.
While the campaign would focus on Coimbatore and nearby districts initially, the Centre was contemplating reaching out to all parts of the State.
School students would be a priority target for this campaign as children would be impressionable at the young age.
They would be told to adopt a healthy lifestyle and eschew harmful practices such as tobacco and alcohol consumption.
According to Gem Hospital Director C. Palanivelu, adults would be educated through books, articles in journals and newspapers.
An annual health exhibition had been planned besides secondary prevention measures such as providing free cancer screening to rural public through a mobile clinic.
Those determined to have cancer would be given appropriate treatment.
With the Indian cities such as Bangalore and Bhopal having among the highest cases of Esophageal cancer and tongue cancer respectively, Mr. Kalam urged the doctors to take up cancer research and come up with solutions.
D.R. Karthikeyan, former Director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), released a book on cancer awareness authored by Dr. Palanivelu. T.S. K. Meenakshi Sundaram, Chancellor, Avinashilingam University for Women and K.R. Nagarajan, chairman, Ramraj Group of Companies, spoke.