Bikers reach Kohima with cancer awareness

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‘Tobacco main cause of cancer in Nagaland’

Kohima, March 17: With around 45,000 different cases of cancer being reported every year in the North Eastern region, a team of 34 persons on 17 bikes are on a campaign to create awareness on the ill effects of tobacco consumption.
The cancer awareness “Beat Cancer: Run and Ride 2018” rally is organised by Tata Trusts, Cachar Cancer Hospital and Silchar Thumpers Enfield Club in collaboration with the Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), Tata Motors and National Cancer Grid.
The campaign flagged off on March 12 from Silchar in Assam has already covered Shillong, Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagar, Dibrugarh and now reached Nagaland’s capital – Kohima early this morning.
In Kohima, the team conducted a 5 km run for cancer awareness which was participated by students, teachers and bikers while an awareness program was conducted at Naga Hospital here.
Commissioner and Secretary of Health and Family welfare, Government of Nagaland, R. Ramakrishnan said in his address said prevalence of cancer is higher in female as compared to males in north east.
He said that around 600-700 cancer cases are reported every year in Nagaland.
Expressing that the major problem of our nation is passive smoking and also consumption of smokeless tobacco, he appealed to youth and other organizations to come forward to deal with issues concerning the prevalence of cancer.
He also encouraged people to change life style in order to avoid the risk of cancer.
Director of Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and VoTV patron, Dr Ravi Kannan said, “the rally aims to spread awareness on cancer and the importance of early detection.
People often think cancer is not curable but all cancer deaths do not have to be in agony, he said adding that if tobacco was not there, 50% of all cancers and 90% of oral cancers could be prevented.”
Across India, Aizawl district in Mizoram reportedly has the highest rate of incidence among males, while Papumpare district in Arunachal Pradesh recorded the highest incidence number among females, he said.
Among males, head and neck is the most prevalent form of cancer making up to 40% of the total cases, while among females, head and neck, cervical cancer make up to 20% each and breast cancer makes up another 15%.
Furthermore, 70% of the cases are reported at the late stage of disease which results in a high mortality rate of 50% in the Northeast, he said, adding that the delayed diagnosis is due to a lack of awareness of cancer symptoms, poor access to affordable care and other psychological factors like fear and fatalism.
From Kohima, the riders head for Imphal from there they will moved to Aizawl-Agartala it will conclude in Silchar on March 22.
While covering a total distance of over 2100 kms and nine cities across the seven North Eastern states, the riders will interact with people and organizations spreading awareness cancer, risk factors, sign and symptoms, its preventive measures, research aspects and treatment modalities.
(Page News Service)