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Awareness rally taken out to help in preventing cancer

Staff Reporter
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Advanced medical facilities and development in the field of medicine can cure cancer if it was diagnosed in the early stages. Regular exercise, periodical medical check up, proper diet, consumption of vegetables and fruits will keep you fit and free from such non-communicable diseases, said Vijayabharathi Rangarajan, a cancer specialist.

She was delivering a special lecture during a cancer awareness rally cum special meeting organised by Special Club of Ladies here on Saturday.

White or red patch or any wound that does not heal for more than two weeks should be diagnosed immediately to find out whether it was cancerous or not, she said.

Mouth cancer would reduce chewing abilities of a person. It would affect the internal organs and also glands. Avoidance of tobacco would solve many such problems. Tobacco products like cigarettes, beedis, pan masalas and snuff were not only very addictive but also posed a grave threat to life, she added. “Besides treatment, we have been fulfilling the last wish of the cancer patients.”

In his special address, Rajaji Government Hospital Doctor S.G. Balamurugan said 60 per cent of cancers were curable if detected early and treated properly. Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells at the cost of normal cells was cancer. It was neither communicable nor hereditary, he explained.

While distributing prizes, Collector M. Vallalar said that awareness must be created among students and youth of the disease to prevent them from using tobacco products.

Joint Director of Health Services T. Jayabal appealed to the volunteers and clubs to campaign about the preventive measures for cancer among the rural masses.

Rally

Hundreds of students from various schools in the town took out a massive rally in the morning raising slogans on preventive measures for cancer. They also intensified anti-tobacco campaign. Later, certificates and medals were given to students, who created best slogans against the use of tobacco.

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