Indian Cancer Congress-2011 will be held in
Bhubaneshwar from 11 February to frame strategies to deal with cancer. About 700
delegates from across the world are expected to attend this Congress. This Congress
will provide an opportunity to share the emerging challenges and successes in
cancer management. The main objective is to strengthen the existing cancer
treatment facilities in India.
Organizing secretary of the 3day Congress Dilip Kumar Agarwalla said, "There are around 15 lakh to 20 lakh cancer cases at any given point of time in India and the number is expected to increase five times by the year 2025.Cancer is one of the ten leading cases of death in the country. Over 7 lakh new cases of cancer and 3 lakh deaths occur annually due to cancer while about 15 lakh patients require facilities for diagnosis, treatment and follow up at a given time."
Primary prevention of cancer by health education is important. People should be educated regarding the hazards of tobacco consumption for prevention of oral cancer and the necessity of genital hygiene for prevention of cervical cancer. More attention should be paid towards secondary prevention like early detection and diagnosis of cancer.