Mega Cancer Awareness and Cancer Youth Ambassador Program Launched


Mega Cancer Awareness and Cancer Youth Ambassador program launched


MOHALI: A mega cancer awareness and cancer youth ambassadors program was launched at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, with Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, Chairman of World Cancer Care Charitable Society, as the chief guest and in the special presence of Chandigarh University Chancellor and Chandigarh Welfare Trust Founder S. Satnam Singh Sandhu.


Addressing a gathering of over 1000 students of University Institute of Applied Health Sciences, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal emphasised that being most prone to the cancer in the India, the citizens of the UT must get themselves screened for Cancer.


“It is very unfortunate to note that Chandigarh is most prone to Cancer in the entire country with the number of cases rising each year. The women and men in Chandigarh have the highest incidence rate for cancer. 105 women in every 1 lakh and 93.4 men in every 1 lakh population of Chandigarh are suffering from the dreaded disease, against the national cancer incidence rate of 97.4 per 1 lakh in females and 92.4 per 1 lakh in males,” said Dhaliwal.


Even in the entire country, cancer deaths have been steadily increasing, rising from 7.33 lakh annually in 2018 to 7.70 lakh two years later in 2020, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) cancer registry data report. Not only deaths, but the estimated incidence of cancer cases in India went up. While in 2018, an estimated 13,25,232 cancer cases were reported, it went up to 13,58,415 the following year. In 2020, 13,92,179 cancer cases were reported in the country, he added.


“Not only this, the women of the Union Territory must also come forward and screen themselves for breast cancer, which is a rising phenomenon all across the world. Today, one in every 8 women suffer from breast cancer, which was 1 in 11, four decades ago. In view of this peculiar situation, we want to screen the citizens for 7 types of cancers including Breast Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Lymphoma, Brain Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Bone Cancer and Lung Cancer, free of cost,” Dhaliwal said.


He announced that his organisation will be organising a special screening test for 7 types of cancer, as part of CWT’s free mega health check-up camp slated to be organised on the occasion of Seva Diwas, as part of the celebrations of honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd birthday.


It may be mentioned that to celebrate the spirit of Seva and to encompass the service to every strata of the society, the CWT has been undertaking a number of activities under the 15-day-long Seva Pakhwara, which began on September 17, with a Free Mega Health Check-up Camp at Grain Market, Sector 39, Chandigarh and featured different types of camps catering to different healthcare services.


On the occasion, two cancer youth ambassadors—Utcarshita Singh and Dravid Solanki, were also appointed to spread awareness among the citizens about the dreaded disease, its diagnosis, prevention and cure.