City hospital holds drive on cancer awareness
Number of myths surrounding the disease were also discussed
PUNE: Commemorating World Cancer Day on Monday, Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital, Hadapsar organised a host of activities to salute the survivors and caregivers, while also dispelling a number of myths shrouding the disease.
During the cancer awareness programme, Dr Shona Nag, Director Oncology, Sahyadri Hospitals discussed newer advances in cancer treatments while Psychologist Rebecca D’souza and Nutritionist Preeti Bhakta shared information on adopting a healthy lifestyle and nutrition. Cancer patients and their family members shared their experiences. A cancer screening camp at concessional rates will be conducted for the entire month.
Dr Shona Nag said it is estimated that one in eight Indians will get cancer during their lifetime if they live to be 70 years or above.
“The truth is, cancer among Indians is preventable if only we are more aware of our bodies and moderate with our habits. Urbanisation is the foremost reason for the rising incidence of this disease. Western habits such as consumption of food with preservatives, increased pollution and stress levels, and a sedentary lifestyle, all are to blame,” said Dr Nag. She said the major areas of concern are breast cancer among women and lung cancer among men.
“About 90 per cent of lung cancer in Indians springs from use of smoking and tobacco. In the case of breast cancer, preventive measures such as a clinical breast examination by a professional is essential once a year after the age of 30. Get a digital mammogram done every year once you cross 50. We’ve always been chasing the cure, rather than prevention, and it is high time we reverse the scales,” concluded Dr Nag.