Scenario of cancer in India needs immediate attention. More public participation and inclusion of the younger generation in awareness campaigns is required, along with creation of more awareness via all forms of media – print, electronic and digital.
Government funding needs to be increased to develop cancer treatment facilities, as well as to conduct further research on cancer in India. Government should also take further steps to make cancer treatment easily accessible to all.
Awareness must be created among older women for undergoing frequent PAP-smear, mammography and other relevant tests to rule out the chances of cancer.
NGOs might play a significant role in starting more awareness campaigns, crowd-funding websites etc., to cater to the needs of specific sections of society deprived of proper cancer treatment due to financial and other limitations.
As the tagline for 2018 World Cancer Day promotes – “We can, I can”; together, we too can work towards generating large-scale awareness about cancer in India.
On a hopeful parting note, please download and keep this Life Stage Safety and Infomation document prepared by World Cancer Day foundation handy. Do share it with family and friends.
By Sayantani Nath
Guest Author and Student of Biology
Cancer in India and The Fight Against It: What Every Indian Should Know, The Better India | Statistics, NICPR | What Are The Leading Causes Of Cancer Deaths In India?, Medical News Today | Facts About Cancer In Children, Indian Cancer Society | World Cancer Day Organization, WCD 2018
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