Monday, 22 April 2024

Special Lecture on the occasion of World Cancer Day

Dr. P Guru Suhas, Manager, Medical Screening, ICS, Dr. Anjali Rao, Management Committee Member, ICS, gave a presentation on the “World Cancer Day” occasion on Feb. 11, 2022, on the occasion of World Cancer Day.  This programme was one of the series of events held at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence – Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava.  The program began with a brief introduction to the speaker by Dr. D.S Shankar Rao. 

Dr.Suhas presented on “Cancer Awareness”. He said WHO defined Cancer as the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells that can affect almost any part of the body. They are broadly classified as benign and malignant tumors. Dr. Suhas explained that it is one of the second leading diseases; Cancer is the first or second leading cause of death before 70years. Worldwide, 20 million new cancer cases and almost 10 million cancer deaths happened in 2021. Oral Cancer in men, Breast and Cervical Cancer in women is the most common one. There are four different stages in Cancer. There is no mandate for the occurrence of Cancer; most types can occur at any age. Tobacco, Alcohol consumption, Chronic infections, obesity are risk factors for Cancer. The symptoms of cancer are fever, fatigue, weight loss, swelling, and pain. Dr.Suhas advised that regular Physical exercise, Yoga, and diet can reduce cancer risk. Screening can identify the early signs of Cancer.

Dr. Anjali Rao presented “An overview of Breast and Cervical Cancers”,  detailed about breast and cervical cancer. Rural women are at higher risk of Cervical Cancer. It is the second most common type of cancer after breast cancer in women. She explained the symptoms of Breast cancer, Cervical cancer. She advised maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise, breastfeeding, avoiding alcohol, keeping cancer away, and self-breast examination at regular intervals helps identify cancer at the initial stage. She said that breast screening at regular intervals and awareness about vaccines keeps cancer away and gave information about breast and cervical cancer tests.

Finally, the session ended with a brief talk by the Cancer Survivor, Mr.Ramendra Kumar. He shared that he could fight the disease with a positive mind, support from the family, and proper therapy.