On the occasion of World Cancer Day (WCD) on Monday, hospitals across the city held campaigns to spread awareness on the disease. The campaigns will be held as part of the World Cancer Week.
Medanta - The Medicity took a pledge and promised to fight the menace in India.
Speaking at a press conference at Medanta, Dr Naresh Trehan, chairman and managing director of the hospital, said, "Over 5 lakh people in India lose their lives to cancer each year. There is need to implement public health preventive measures."
The campaign, in association with NGOs - CanSupport and CanKids - aims to spread awareness about the disease and provide medical and emotional support to patients.
Dr Ashok Vaid, chairperson of Medanta Cancer Institute, department of medical oncology, stressed on the need for a holistic approach towards patient care.
Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) also held a campaign for cancer patients where the participants shared their stories.
Dr Dilpreet Brar, regional director, said, "Cancer is curable. New drugs and methods have substantially improved the outcomes in this field."
Yuvraj recalls fight with cancer
Tears rolled down the eyes of cricketer Yuvraj Singh as he recalled his successful battle with cancer on Monday.
On the occasion of World Cancer Day, Yuvraj spoke about the time when he was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs a few months after India won the World Cup in 2011.
"Today is about survivorship. I didn't believe when I was first told that I have cancer. It took me a while to realise that I had been diagnosed with the disease," he said.
The event, hosted in collaboration with Crowne Plaza, witnessed a gathering of cancer patients and survivors who shared their experiences.
Yuvraj said his aim was to generate awareness and facilitate early detection of cancer through his initiative 'YouWeCan'.