World Cancer Day was observed on 4th February, 2017 throughout Gomati District to raise cancer awareness and to encourage its prevention, detection and management.
As a part of observation, Gomati District Health & Family Welfare Society had carried out cancer awareness rally from at Udaipur. Prominent NGO of Udaipur, Cast & Situ, departmental staff, ANM Students had participated in the rally to spread awareness about the fatal disease. Leaflets addressing the Cancer had been distributed in rally and throughout District as well.
A seminar was also held at Gomati Yatri Niwas where wide range of discussion and interaction followed by observation of one minute’s silence in mourning of persons who died due to cancer. Expressing concern on spreading of the non communicable disease, Dr. Niru Mohan Jamatia, Chief Medical Officer of Gomati District highlighted the disease adding that Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells, which can invade and spread to distant sites of the body. Cancer can have severe health consequences, and is a leading cause of death. He called for complete rejection of tobacco including smoking. District Society had also asked students to create awareness to prevent someone while smoking and taking tobacco during miking of rally.
Sri Binoy Krishna Bhattacharjee, Councilor of Udaipur Municipal Council had requested all sections of people for pledging and acting to ensure not to use the tobacco items to prevent the deadly disease. For better understanding of the disease, a Bengali video was displayed during the programme. Lung, prostate, breast, colorectal, stomach, and liver cancer are the most common types of cancer in men, while breast, colorectal, lung, uterine cervix, and stomach cancer are the most common among women. More than 30% of cancer deaths could be prevented by modifying or avoiding key risk factors, especially tobacco use. Early detection, accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment, including pain relief and palliative care, help increase cancer survival rates and reduce suffering, added Dr. Jemi Debbarma during the technical session.
Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, tailored to tumour stage, type and available resources. Comprehensive cancer control plans are needed to improve cancer prevention and care, especially in low-income and middle-income countries. State government has already announced pension scheme amount rupees 600 per month for cancer patients who have annual income up to the amount of 1 lakh added by Dr. Subrata Deb during his inaugural speech.