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Shun tobacco, avoid cancer: Shatru

Former Union Health Minister Shatrughan Sinha said that shunning tobacco and changing one’s food habit could prevent cancer.

patna Updated: Feb 06, 2009 01:34 IST
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Former Union Health Minister Shatrughan Sinha on Wednesday said that shunning tobacco and changing one’s food habit could prevent cancer.

Speaking at a function to mark the World Cancer Day, at the Mahavir Cancer Sansthan (MCS) here, Sinha said: “The phrase — prevention is better than cure — is old but still very relevant. If one were to follow this, it would lead to building a healthy society and in turn a healthy nation.”

Welcoming the guests, MCS director Dr J K Singh said that a tobacco-free environment, balanced diet, regular exercise and preventing fatty food would help children grow in a healthy environment. He also dwelt on the fact that over-exposure to ultra-violet rays from the sun could lead to skin cancer.

Dr Singh also dwelt on the fact that the recently invented vaccine against cervix cancer was now available at the MCS and girls should be vaccinated between 9 and 26 years of age.

Administrator of the Bihar State Religious Trust Board Acharya Kishore Kunal appealed to the government to make available to the masses the newly researched vaccine against cervix cancer so that it could be administered to young girls as part of the immunisation programme.

Renowned oncologist Dr P Kurkure from Mumbai and Justice (retd) Prem Shankar Sahay also spoke on this occasion.