At least 482 new suspected cases of cancer patients were identified during a two-day medical camp that concluded on Sunday at a local civil hospital here.
In the camp, organised as a state-wide exercise to identify cancer patients with the expertise from Max India Foundation, a total of 1108 patients were examined.
During the camp, Papanicolaou test was performed on 121 patients, Mammography on 85 and FNAC test was performed on 74 patients. Besides this, free of cost scanning, x-ray and blood tests was done for those who appeared for the checkup.
Talking to HT, civil surgeon Dr Balbir Singh revealed, "Earlier, through a detailed survey, 2,519 suspected cancer patients were identified in the district, based on 12 different cancer symptoms. After performing different types of tests, 31 were confirmed for cancer and were provided financial assistance from chief minister Cancer relief fund."
"In today's camp, 629 cancer patients were the ones who were earlier examined but we have detected 482 new suspected cancer patients. After going through the results of test, exact number of patients would be identified. However we counselled the patients about the hospitals where they can seek treatment," he added.
Senior oncologist from Max India Foundation Dr Sushil Kumar led the team of specialists which performed the test.