United Kingdom-based organisation, 'Roko Cancer Trust' has decided to organise 1,500 free cancer check-up camps in Punjab in the next three years. Global ambassador of the trust, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, on Friday said that they would focus on detecting cancer at an early stage in Punjab.
The trust has also finalised five check-up camps in different parts of the state. The first camp will be organised at Chand Baja in Faridkot district on October 20, followed by at Majitha (Amritsar) on October 24, at Khakh village in Hoshiarpur district on October 27, at Ropar on October 28 and at Wara Jodh Singh village in Jalandhar district on October 30. During the camps specialists of cancer will examine of mammograms, ECG's, blood preauser, diabetic tests free of cost," he said.
"People would be made aware of the prevention, detection and treatment of the disease through a door-to-door campaign," he added.
"Malwa belt is the most affected. Though the Punjab government has started a campaign to deal with the problem, these efforts will not suffice. Awareness about the disease is extremely low in the state, especially in the Malwa region," said Dhaliwal.
According to the report of Punab health department, at least 18 people die every day of cancer in the state. The report said that 32,857 people had died due to cancer from 2008 to 2013.
The trust would also distribute 25-lakh leaflets in English, Punjabi and Hindi languages to create awareness about cancer.