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6th November 2016
November 7 is National Cancer Awareness Day 
 
November 7 is observed annually as National Cancer Awareness Day. It started in 2014 when it was first announced by the former Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. 
 
National Cancer Awareness Day is a good opportunity to raise awareness about cancer amongst individuals, community and at the governmental level too. Print and electronic media also give wide coverage to health days and will be too happy to cover your activity.
  
In India, 10.1 lakh new cancer cases occurred in 2012 with 6.8 lakh deaths. While the projections for 2020 are 12.4 lakh new cases with 8.44 lakh deaths. We have 1.8 million people living with cancer (within 5 years of diagnosis). 
 
Forty percent of cancers can be prevented, and one-third of cancers can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment. Lifestyle has proved to have a major role in causation of cancer, especially unhealthy diet, overweight and physical inactivity. 
 
Smoking and chewing tobacco is one of the biggest cancer risk factors. Tobacco use alone accounts for 12 lakhs deaths every years. Reducing tobacco use will significantly decrease the global burden of 13 different types of cancers, including lung, oral cavity etc. Alcohol use has also been linked to cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, bowel, liver and breast.
 
Amongst females, breast cancer has the highest incidence in the country surpassing carcinoma cervix.  As per GLOBOCAN 2012, breast cancer was diagnosed in 144937 new female patients, while the projection for year 2020 is 174706. In the West, some centers advise prophylactic bilateral mastectomy for selected patients who test positive for BRCA genes and also have a near relative diagnosed with breast cancer. But, in our country we still get cases of advanced and fungating cancers and at times with multiple metastases too. Vaccination against Human papillomavirus (HPV) for prevention of cancer cervix has shown good results in many countries.
 
We all know that cancer, if detected early, can be treated at a much lower cost compared to that incurred when diagnosed at an advanced stage. Its mortality rate is also lowered substantially if people report for screening when the earliest symptoms manifest. Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage, reducing patients' chances of cure and survival.
 
IMA should wage a war against CANCER. 
IMA Leaders, through their branches are advised to observe “National Cancer Awareness Day” by taking out rallies, preparing and distributing pamphlets, giving Lectures, holding Press conferences, organizing Cancer Detection Camps etc. to spread message about Prevention & Early Detection of Cancer, for which public should be made aware of signs & symptoms of Cancer. Many of the states have a Cancer control/treatment program in force and IMA can support that too.
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Seasonal allergies during the changing weather

As the weather is changing, it becomes increasingly important to pay attention to seasonal allergies that are prevalent during this transitory period
 
New Delhi, 05th Nov, 2016: Changing weather, may it be a transition from summer to winter or the opposite, is often synonymous with runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion for some of us. Allergies can be bothersome and if not treated promptly can take potentially more harmful forms.
 
Allergies are caused by the body's immune system’s exaggerated response to seemingly harmless substances like dust mites, pollen, animal dander etc. Interaction with these 'allergens' can cause widespread histamine release in the body that causes the characteristic inflammatory symptoms of allergies.
 
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