London-based Roko Cancer Charitable Trust organised a cancer check-up camp at Sukhanand village in Moga district on Saturday in which 673 persons were examined. After the mammography, the experts found that 35 women had some symptoms of breast cancer. A seminar on cancer was also organised by Sant Baba Bhag Singh Memorial Girls College on the occasion.
Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, global ambassador of the trust, said trust would focus on detecting cancer at an early stage. "The awareness about the cancer is almost negligible in the state, especially in the Malwa region.
As per a World Health Organisation estimate approximately 80,000 women in India are affected by breast cancer each year. Other estimates put the number of cases at 1 lakh women each year. There will be approximately 2.5 lakh new cases of breast cancer in India by 2015," he said.
He further said the Indian Council of Medical Research was of the view that breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer to become the leading cause of cancer-related mortality among women living in metropolitan cities. "It places the incidence of the disease at 20-33 per 1-lakh in urban India. Breast cancer is curable if there is awareness and early detection," said Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal said Roko Cancer focuses on emphasising the fact that cancer is a serious disease, but with proper knowledge and awareness and if detected early, it is 90% curable.
Roko Cancer will organise a state level cancer check-up camp at Sunam in Sangrur district on July 31. "A fully equipped mobile breast cancer detection bus would be launched on July 31 on the death anniversary of Saheed Udham Singh," he said.
Member of Parliament Paramjit Kaur Gulshan said that Roko Cancer Charitable Trust was a charitable organisation engaged in spreading awareness and doing early detection of breast cancer in India.
"It has presence in 17 states of India. It has worked relentlessly for the past 6 years in empowering women in the rural, urban and semi urban areas with awareness and early detection of breast cancer," said the MP.