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Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute launches screening and awareness drive against tobacco

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

In the run up to World No Day 2018, Rajiv Gandhi Institute and (RGCIRC) has lined up a fortnight long intensive program for screening and increasing awareness about harmful effects of consumption which has been proven to be a major cause of in the world.

According to the latest at RGCIRC, more than 40cases in males and 12cases in females were linked to usage during the period 2011-2015.

To celebrate World No Tobacco Day, Preventive Department at is organizing Free Oral from 24th May to 7th June 2018 especially for smokers and tobacco chewers so as to help detect cancer in the early stages when it can be treated successfully.

"Healthy lifestyle holds the key to Up to 2/3 of all may be prevented by avoiding tobacco and adopting other healthy habits. Preventive OPD at provides screening for three most - breast, cervix and oral - at highly subsidized rates. Regular OPD is conducted from Monday to Saturday by Dr. and Dr. Indu Agarwal," said Dr. Sudhir Rawal, Medical Director,

"Over 70 per cent of cases report for diagnostic & in advanced stages of resulting in poor survival and high mortality rates. Preventive embraces measures to prevent occurrence of cancer and to detect cancer at the earliest stage," added Dr. Rawal.

At the same time, Free Tobacco Cessation Counseling drive is on during the campaign so as to motivate tobacco consumers to shun the habit. "Tobacco is addictive and it is difficult for tobacco consumers to quit on their own. Motivation and support is critical to overcome the dependence on tobacco," added Dr. Rawal.

"Besides providing world class facilities for cancer treatment, RGCIRC is sharply focused on As a pioneering move, RGCIRC has set up primarily to focus on creating awareness among the public about the need to screen for early detection of cancer. We are aligned with the vision of a healthy and will continuously strive for through awareness in the years to come," said D S Negi, of RGCIRC.

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First Published: Sat, May 26 2018. 11:07 IST