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Incidence of cancer in NE higher than rest of India
Published on 15 Jul. 2009 12:18 AM IST
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Through a data available from a Population Based Cancer Registry of the country has revealed that the incidence of cancer in the north eastern region was significantly higher than the rest of the country. In India, 8 to 9 lakhs new cancer patients are detected every year and there are about 25 lakhs cancer patients at any given point of time. Most of the patients in our country are in the fairly advanced stage due to ignorance, illiteracy, poverty, fear and myths associated with cancer. Large number of cancers in our country can be detected at an early stage for which sophisticated equipments are not necessary. This can be easily done in peripheral health centres. Dr. B. Borooah of Cancer Institute has been conducting community based cancer control programme through District Cancer Control Programme under the aegis of National Cancer Control Programme supported by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India since January 2008 in the districts of Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Darrang, Nalbari and Barpeta of Assam. The Institute has also embarked upon various Capacity Development Programme for the people of the northeastern region with assistance from the Ministry of DONER, Govt. of India since 2007. To educate the rural population, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute has started an awareness drive involving Accredited Social Health Activist’s (ASHA’s). A camp was organized at Lahorighat in Morigaon District on July 7 where 312 ASHA’s participated. A team of doctors from the Institute comprising Dr. S. M. Bhagabaty (Dept. of Preventive Oncology), Dr. M. Krishnatreya (ENT Doctor, DCCP) and Dr S C Jain (Gynae Doctor, DCCP) educated them on various aspects of cancer and harmful affects of tobacco on health. Signs and symptoms for early detection of common cancers were explained to them in details in local dialects with the help of audio-visual aids. IEC materials were also distributed. The management of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute has appreciated the support received from the staffs of NRHM, Morigaon District, Assam. Similar training programme will be conducted shortly in Nagaon, Kamrup and Nalbari Districts. Week-long training programme for nurses and NGOs would be organized in the Institute in the month of July and August 2009. Training programme for volunteers in palliative care is being organized on July 18 and 19. Similarly, the Institute plans to organize ‘Update on Cancer’ and ‘Opioid Workshop’ for doctors and paramedical staff of the north eastern region in Agartala, Itanagar, Kohima, Imphal, Aizawl and Shillong. Opioid Workshop was already held in Gangtok, Kohima and Silchar.

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