To raise awareness of and lay stress on early detection of cancer that kills over seven lakh people every year in India, over 1,000 people from various walks of life, including school children, on Sunday participated in a cancer awareness walk.
The campaign titled 'Walk-A-Mile: It's Worth Your While', was organised by the city-based BLK Hospital, considered to be pioneer in the cancer treatment.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), with an increase in cancer cases from around 14 lakh in 2016 to over 17.3 lakh by 2020, the disease-related deaths are also estimated to rise rapidly from 7.36 lakh to over 8.8 lakh in next four years.
"With inadequate diagnosis resulting out of an awareness deficit, 50 percent cancer patients realise that they are already in 3rd or 4th stage, severely affecting their survival chances. Majority of cancers in men and women include breast, oral, lung, stomach, colorectum, pharynx and ovary, which accounts for 47.2 percent of all cancers. These can be prevented, screened and treated at an early stage" said Kapil Kumar, Director - BLK Cancer Centre.