Chennai

Early detection can prevent cancer

Early on Sunday morning, a few hundred men and women arrived at the IIT-Madras to take part in a marathon.

The participants were there to create awareness on breast cancer, the most common form of cancer among of women in Chennai. According to Breast Cancer India, an online resource, it accounts for 26.8 per cent of all cancers and nearly half of those who get the disease are below the age of 50.

The marathon was organised by the department of management studies at IIT-M to commemorate breast cancer awareness month — October.

The 5-kilometre marathon, ‘PinkIIThon’, was held inside the campus and kick-started the department’s annual business festival, ‘Samanvay’.

Healthy lifestyle

Students from other colleges, foreign students, faculty and their families were among the participants, according to a press release. The run was preceded by an informative talk by E. Vidhubala, head of the psycho-oncology department, Cancer Institute, Adyar. She spoke about the causes of cancer and appealed to youth to follow a healthy lifestyle. Three winners of the marathon were awarded bicycles.

On Sunday, Apollo Clinic too organised a walkathon, to promote the importance of early detection of cancer.

An oncologist from the clinic highlighted the importance of cancer screening, especially with uterine and cervical cancer. He also said an alarming trend was the increase in the number of cancers detected in younger age groups. Awareness and early detection can help save lives.



Breast cancer accounts for 26.8

per cent of all cancers and nearly half of those who get the disease are below

the age of 50



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