Guwahati: Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) created awareness among lakhs of people about oral, breast and cervical cancer at the 88th Annual Conference of Sankardev Sangha in Morigaon district. This has happened for the first time in the history of Assam, in which such a large number of people was made aware about this disease. During the four-day event organised from February 6 to 9, ACCF sensitized the visitors about the importance of screening of common cancers after the age of 30 years while raising awareness about the health hazards that are caused due to consuming tobacco, stated a press release.
It is to be mentioned that 48.2% adult population in Assam consume tobacco products due to which every year 32,000 new cancer cases are detected. ACCF had designed diverse strategies to reach out to an expected gathering of approximately 30 lakh people and the highlight was the tableau – a 3D model of Health and Wellness Centre. The Foundation, in collaboration with District Tobacco Control Cell created a ‘Tobacco-free Zone’ by law enforcement through police, youth volunteers and display of signage at different locations of the conference area.
Babul Bora, the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of Reception Committee of Sri Srimanta Sankara Sangha said, “The ACCF has taken the initiative to make the 88th Srimanta Sankara Sangha Conference in Morigaon Tobacco-Free and it has been implemented effectively with the youth volunteers and government officials. The Sangha appreciates the efforts of ACCF to raise awareness on tobacco and cancer during all the 4 days of the conference. The Sangha will continue to work with the ACCF for cancer awareness in Assam. The youth volunteers of Seva Vahini will be actively working on this front as well.”
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