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US-based doc stresses on awareness drive tocheck cancer cases

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, August 28, 2013
First Published: 18:05 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 18:24 IST(28/8/2013)

A US-based oncologist who recently visited city hospitals to study cancer cases said there was a need to spread more awareness among the people about cancer and its treatment.

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Dr Sandeep Singh Gill, oncologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the US, said: “Smoking is a major cause of oral and lung cancer, which are being reported in very high numbers. The situation is similar in the US. But due to more awareness, cancer cases are usually diagnosed in early stage, which is curable,” said Dr Gill.

“The governments should conduct more awareness campaigns for the benefit of the people. Moreover, the people should be encouraged to quit smoking in order to minimise the risk of cancer and other diseases. If people quit smoking, cancer cases will be reduced to a large extent,” he added.

He further said: “Smoking not only causes oral, lung or other cancers, but also increases risk of heart attack, hypertension and kidney problems. Thus, it's need of the time to take steps to control smoking, as 95% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.”

Talking about cervical cancer, he said the cancer was found in both rich and poor women in India and there was need to create more awareness. “The breast cancer is also very common here. If these cancers are diagnosed in early stage, then they are curable. The women should be given proper education by conducting awareness campaigns,” he emphasised.

“The farmers should avoid use of harmful pesticides for the protection of their crops. It has seen that vendors usually wash their vegetables in contaminated water which is harmful. Further steps should be taken to improve the environmental conditions for prevention of diseases,” he said.

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