World Cancer Day observed

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Students of Green Crescent School on World Cancer DayALIGARH, February 5: On “World Cancer Day”, the Department of Radiotherapy at JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized a programme on Cancer Awareness at Green Crescent Public School, Aligarh.

Delivering the introductory lecture, Dr. Mohammad Akram, Lecturer, Department of Radiotherapy, said that cancer is fully treatable provided we consult the right doctor at right time. He said that 70% of cancer variations are tobacco related. He said that it is a matter of great concern that more and more youths are getting addicted to smoking and gutkha chewing. He also shed light on symptoms of cancer and available options for cancer treatment.

Dr. Mohd. Kashif Razi, Senior Resident also interacted with the school children. He urged the children to convey the message of cancer awareness to their families and take a pledge that they would never use tobacco. Mrs. Sabiha Mohsin, Principal of the school, welcomed the guests and the students.

Earlier, in the morning, a seminar was organized in the Department of Radiotherapy at JNMC on the theme of World Cancer Day 2014, “Debunk the myths”.

Delivering a lecture on this occasion, Prof. Shahid Siddiqui, Chairman, Department of Radiotherapy, said that 23 million people are living with cancer in the world today. According to the latest data, 6 million people die every year of cancer and this number is expected to rise to 10 million by the year 2020. He said that Bangalore is the Cancer capital of India with 126 cases per 1 lakh population.

Speaking about the various obstacles to cancer treatment, he observed that poor utilization of cancer screening facilities is the major factor. He said that Department of Radiotherapy is running a Cancer Screening Programme at OPD No. 2 at JNMCH on all six days of the week. The lecture was followed by an interactive session.

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