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Awareness prog to dispel cancer myths

Posted on Feb 04, 03:02PM | UNI

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 3 : To dispel many myths associated with cancer, an awareness programme is being initiated here on the occasion of World Cancer Day falling tommorow.

Swasthi Charitable Foundation, a voluntary social welfare organisation and Tobacco Free Kerala, a coalition led by Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) for Tobacco Control in the state, are jointly holding the programme.

Governor of Mizoram Vakkom B Purushothaman will inaugurate the state-wide awareness programme at St Mary's Higher Secondary School, Pattom here on February four at 0930 hrs. The theme of the programme is 'Cancer - Did you know?' Director, RCC, Dr Paul Sebastian said in a release here today.

''Unlike common perception, not all cancer cases are terminal. Cancer patients, with early diagnosis, treatment, care and management can lead a healthy life. Over 15,000 male and female patients are treated by RCC every year.''

'''More awareness is however, needed on the preventable causative factors of cancers, most of which are lifestyle linked. Tobacco consumption ranks high in the list of preventable lifestyle factors. It is pitiable to see scores of young lives rendered unhealthy and having to suffer painful diseases such as cancers due to tobacco use,'' Dr Sebastian, who is also Vice Chairman of Tobacco Free Kerala, said.

Auxillary Bishop of Trivandrum Dr Samuel Mar Irenios will preside over the function. This will be followed by an interactive Q and A session on cancer and its myths.