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Doctors, bikers start 2,200-km long ride for cancer awareness

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

A group of doctors and bikers have joined hands to travel through 2,200 kilometres across the North East to create awareness about by enacting street plays and organising talks along their entire journey.

Twenty-five doctors and staff of Cachar Hospital & and members of biking group 'Thumpers' have kick started their ride yesterday from in

Members taking part in the rally - a collaboration of Trusts, Cachar Hospital and others - will criss-cross seven NE states and will touch Shillong, Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Imphal, and Agartala before ending the ride again at on March 22.

"Our purpose is to both support delivery of high quality and affordable close to patients' homes and also to generate mass awareness about its prevention and early detection," Trusts Medical Director ( Programme) told

There is a high incidence of in the North East such as oral and lung cancer, many of which are curable through preventative measures, screening and early detection, he added.

In every state capitals and town that the rally would pass, the riders' arrival will be accompanied by a series of events, including street plays, sensitisation and educational talks as well as stories of cancer patients, he added.

In addition, workshops on cancer research and careers in oncology will be conducted for medical students and nurses in Guwahati by Memorial Hospital (Mumbai), Adyar Cancer Institute (Chennai) and (Trivandrum).

During the rally, the doctors will interact with people at locations along the route to spread awareness about cancer, its preventive measures, detection aspects and treatment modalities.

According to data available with Tata Trusts, the Northeastern region with a population of approximately five crore sees about 45,000 new cancer cases every year.

Across India, district in reported the highest rate of cancer cases among men, while Papumpare district in recorded the highest incidence among women.

Tata Trusts is also working with Emmanuel Association, Ajmal Foundation, Deepshika Foundation, National Service Scheme and among others for cancer care awareness and screening in the outreach programme.

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 17:00 IST