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Cancer awareness camp in West Karbi Anglong

A cancer awareness camp was organized at Hawaipur HS School, West Karbi Anglong by Assam Cancer Care Foundation and National Health Mission on July 14.

The program primarily discussed about the preventive measures which need to be adopted to keep at bay the life taking cancer cells. The discourse also covered how the youth today are so very vulnerable to tobacco – both smokeless and smoke laden.

A total of around 150 people including school students and the rural folk attended the day-long program. The gathered villagers were addressed by Dr Dharomsing Timung, DPO, NCD, Karbi Anglong; Dr Mukul Chakraborty, MD, Kheroni Model Hospital and Jonali Das Choudhury  who has been working as a caregiver across the Kamrup district from the last 3 years.

Despite heavy rainfall, the people of different villages turned up in sizeable numbers with much needed inquisitiveness as the rural areas these days are equally prone to this life taking disease. “The Cancer these days are more rampant as our food habits are increasingly becoming bad and the ways they are being produced is quite unnatural. In other words we are consuming poison on a day basis in some form or the other in our foods,” said Dr Dharomsing Timung.

“Cancer is something which has to be dealt with courage and positivity and it has to be treated as any other normal disease so as to defeat it. Cancer succumbs one if he or she gives in,” said caregiver Jonali Das Choudhury.

Vivek Lohia and Neha Sharma of Assam Cancer Care Foundation also talked elaborately about the workings of ACCF with Tata Trusts and how the people living in the rural areas now need not have to go to the big cities to get diagnosed or treated for cancer.

Beacon, an NGO which works in the western part of Karbi Anglong, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha and Hawaipur HS School played instrumental role in the successful completion of the camp.

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