RGCIRC launches screening and awareness drive against tobacco

first_imgRGCIRC launches screening and awareness drive against tobacco Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Read Article News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share By Sanjiv Das on May 26, 2018 center_img WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Free oral cancer screening will be held till June 7, 2018In the run up to World No Tobacco Day 2018, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCIRC) has lined up a fortnight long intensive programme for cancer screening and increasing awareness about harmful effects of tobacco consumption which has been proven to be a major cause of cancer in the world.Preventive Oncology Department at RGCIRC is organising free oral cancer screening from May 24 to June 7, 2018 especially for smokers and tobacco chewers so as to help detect cancer in the early stages when it can be treated successfully.“Healthy lifestyle holds the key to cancer prevention. Up to 2/3 of all cancers may be prevented by avoiding tobacco and adopting other healthy habits. Preventive Oncology OPD at RGCIRC provides screening for three most common cancers — breast, cervix and oral cancers — at highly subsidized rates. Regular OPD is conducted from Monday to Saturday by Dr Jai Gopal Sharma and Dr Indu Agarwal,” said Dr Sudhir Rawal, Medical Director, RGCIRC.“Over 70 per cent of cases report for diagnostic and treatment services in advanced stages of disease resulting in poor survival and high mortality rates. Preventive oncology embraces measures to prevent occurrence of cancer and to detect cancer at the earliest stage,” added Dr Rawal.At the same time, Free Tobacco Cessation Counselling drive is on during the campaign so as to motivate tobacco consumers to shun the habit. “Tobacco is addictive and it is difficult for tobacco consumers to quit on their own. Motivation and support is critical to overcome the dependence on tobacco,” added Dr Rawal.“Besides providing world class facilities for cancer treatment, RGCIRC is sharply focussed on prevention of cancer. As a pioneering move, RGCIRC has set up Preventive Oncology Department primarily to focus on creating awareness among the public about the need to screen for early detection of cancer. We are aligned with the vision of a healthy India and will continuously strive for prevention of cancer through awareness in the years to come,” said DS Negi, CEO, RGCIRC. Related Postslast_img