Around 30% of the people whohad come to get themselves checked were detected for cancer at a camp held at the district hospital on Thursday. Following a primary survey in Indore and other blocks, the people who were found to have any of the symptoms were called in for a secondary scrutiny at the camp.
"The survey was carried out by the women and child welfare department. They had made the respondents answer some basic questions which revolved around the symptoms of cancer. Those who were suspected were called in for this camp," said Dr Satish Trivedi, civil surgeon.
According to figures, 379 people were found to show symptoms of cancer. They will now be taken for further analysis, which includes getting a biopsy or any other scan done to confirm a case of cancer. It was found that mouth, throat or oral cancer were primarily found among males, while amongst females cancers of the uterus and cervix were found to be present in a large number.
Senior oncologists from the city were present in the camp, held under the guidance of collector Akash Tripathi. Dr Digpal Dhakkad, head of the Indore Cancer Foundation, was also present. The device made by the scientists from CAT, ‘Potable-Optical’ was used by the doctors to detect patients for cancer. "Majority of the people detected for cancer are consumers of tobacco. It is essential for people to understand that consumption of tobacco leads to cancer," Dr Dhakkad.