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World Cancer Day Observed In Assam

World Cancer Day Observed In Assam

Sentinel Digital Desk

GUWAHATI: World Cancer Day was observed at various locations on February 4 every year as the day focuses to raise cancer awareness. The highlights of the day were "Pledge For Action" campaign in 10 public locations in Guwahati, Inter-College poster competition with National Service Scheme (NSS), interview of cancer survivors, and screening of common cancers in Barpeta, Kamrup (R), Jorhat, Nagaon and Dibrugarh.

In Assam, 32,000 cancer cases are detected every year, of which 70% are found at an advanced stage, leading to a high mortality rate at 40-50%. Common cancers like breast, uterine cervix and oral cavity are preventable and curable if detected and treated at an early stage. Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), a joint partnership between the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts was set up in December 2017 to create a first-of-its-kind, three-level cancer grid in the state, organized a number of awareness activities on the occasion in many parts of the state.

50% of all cancers are caused due to consumption of tobacco in some form. Hence, ACCF is also working on prevention – tobacco control, early detection, treatment and palliative care. Dr Nirmal Kumar Hazarika – Medical Advisor, ACCF said "Today is World Cancer Day, the only day on global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under one banner of 'Cancer' in a positive and inspiring way. The theme for the year 2019 'I am and I will' appeals all of us to extend our support to cancer patients by promising to be with them today and always."


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