By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 13: The Ride and Run Rally’s next stops from Guwahati will be Tezpur, Itagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Imphal, Aizwal, Agartala and it will conclude at Silchar on March 21, covering a distance of over 2100 km. Seventeen bikers and a team of 34 on a mission to cover seven States in the Northeast to bring about awareness on cancer arrived in Guwahati on Tuesday. Run and Ride Rally by Tata Trusts and Cachar Cancer Hospital, in collaboration with the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), tiol Cancer Grid, Electrobion Sip, Silchar Thumpers, will see a series of events – street play, sensitization and educatiol talk as well as stories of cancer patients.
Dr Ravi Kann, Director, Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and VoTV patron, said, “This rally aims to spread awareness on cancer and the importance of early detection. People often think cancer is not curable but all cancer deaths do not have to be in agony. If tobacco is not there, 50 per cent of cancers and 90 per cent of oral cancers can be prevented.”
Across India, while Aizawl district in Mizoram reported the highest rate of incidence among males, Papumpare district in Aruchal Pradesh recorded the highest incidence number among females. While among males, head and neck is the most prevalent form of cancer making up to 40 per cent of the total cases, among females, head and neck, cervical cancer make up to 20 per cent each and breast cancer makes up another 15 per cent.