United Kingdom (UK)-based Roko Cancer Trust has dedicated its seventh medical bus to cancer patients of Punjab wherein they can get treatment free of cost.
Gold medallist cancer specialist of Asian region Dr RS Sandhu and global ambassador of Roko Cancer Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal flagged off the bus here on Thursday. Roko Cancer has also decided to organise over 2,500 cancer check-up camps in the state in the next two years.
It also decided to open five cancer awareness centres in Punjab on the basis of a report of a survey conducted by the state government recently.
The trust also announced that it would start a campaign across the state to make people aware of prevention, detection and treatment of the disease. Roko Cancer also decided that the trust would focus on detecting cancer at an early stage in 17 states of the country.
Addressing the meeting, Dr RS Sandhu said that the Indian Council of Medical Research is 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 1,00,000 in urban India. Breast cancer is curable if there is awareness and early detection,” said Sandhu.
Global ambassador Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, who had come from London, said, “Roko Cancer focuses on emphasising on the fact that cancer is a serious disease but, with proper knowledge and awareness, and if detected early, it is 90% curable.
“According to the Punjab government report, at least 18 people die every day, 87,000 are suspected to have cancer and 23,000 people are under treatment while 17 patients are dying of prostate cancer every day in the country. 32,857 people died due to cancer from 2008 to 2013 in Punjab,” said the global ambassador.
Prominent among those who addressed the meeting included ex-agriculture minister Jathedar Tota Singh, social activists Harbans Singh Dhillon, Surinderpal Singh Ajit, retired principal Amarjit Singh Babri and Balwant Singh Rai London.