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Feb 04: World Cancer Day

New Delhi, Sun, 03 Feb 2013 NI Wire

The World Cancer Day, which has initiated to raise awareness of cancer among common public across the world and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It was marked on February 04.

Every year, on this day various health campaigns are organized year across the world. It was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, which aims to significantly reduce death and illness caused by cancer by 2020.

The World Cancer Day 2013 will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration 2008: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline "Cancer - Did you know?".

The primary aim of the World Cancer Day 2013 is to clear the myth regarding cancer among the people who understand that there is no cure of cancer available so far.

But the truth is that with improved technologies, Cancer has become easily manageable and side effects of the treatment also get lowered.

In India too, hundreds of cancer patients are being treated with the improved and latest technology which delivers high doses of radiation with great accuracy into the human body. It has fewer side effects.

The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System is an advanced method of robotic delivery of high precision radiotherapy for treatment of tumors anywhere in the body.

The technology delivers high doses of radiation with great accuracy in one to five sessions, unlike 30 to 40 sessions for conventional radiotherapy.

There are minimal or no side effects as compared to traditional radiotherapy procedures.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of adult deaths worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13 percent of all deaths) in 2008.

A Lancet study published in 2012 showed that cancer killed nearly 556,400 people across India in 2010. In India, among men, oral cancer is the most common cancer, followed by lung cancer, while in women cervical cancer is the most common. This is followed by breast cancer.

Doctors said many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy - especially if they are detected early.

They said awareness and timely action is the best way to fight the disease.

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