CANCER IS CURABLE, IF DETECTED EARLY
A well-known saying goes as “Prevention is better than cure”. This is very true in case of cancer.
There is a lot of fear associated with cancer in the general population. People avoid going for any kind of cancer screening due to the fear of detection of cancer. People prefer to face the consequences of cancer as and when detected but they do not go for screening for cancer.
Through 12 cancer awareness programs in a year the department of preventive oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital will try to reduce the fears associated with cancer in the general population. Women and high risk people (tobacco users) are motivated for screening of common cancers. Health hazards of tobacco use are also covered during awareness programs.
Further awareness about cancer is very low in the general population. This leads to diagnosis of cancer in the later stage.
Screening for cancer aims to highlight the importance of early detection of common cancers. This increases the chances of successfully managing and treating the cancer disease.
(b) BLOOD DONATION DRIVE
Tata Memorial Hospital is one of the leading hospitals in India for Cancer treatment. Every year, approximately 70,000 new cases are registered. Patients from far and wide as well as neighbouring countries avail specialised services. Nearly 6300 major operations are performed annually. Cancer patients undergo either surgery or chemotherapy or radiotherapy and during their treatment they need large number of blood transfusions. Being a tertiary cancer care centre, blood requirement is considerable at 125 to 150 units per day. In comparison to 15-20 units in other super speciality hospitals, TMH requirements are 35 to 40 units /patient bed / year.
The only source of blood is the human body and therefore the only way to meet the patients’ needs is healthy individuals coming forward for blood donation voluntarily in large numbers. We approach various Government organizations,
social organizations, corporate offices, colleges, religious groups and youth groups regularly for arranging blood donation drives. Blood donation drives are conducted at residential complexes, various institutions and colleges for convenience of donors and to promote cause of blood donation. Therefore it is proposed to undertake 26 Blood donation drives along with marathon and cancer awareness drive as campaign to gain maximum benefit and create records for maximum blood collected in a year.
Standard protocols for blood donation are followed at these drives and every donor undergoes brief medical examination to assess fitness for blood donation. Only disposable items are used during blood collection. Donors are most welcome to ask questions on blood donation and to clarify any doubts.
Enclosed please find information on blood donation and organiser information kit for organising blood donation drive.
(c)CANCER AWARENESS HEALTH RUN (CANTHON)
We propose to undertake health run for cancer awareness (half marathon) along with cancer awareness campaign to make sure the campaign is 100 % successful also create a world record by maximum no runner running half maximum marathon together in a year. This event will be orgainsed by lions club and with the help of other channel partner.
The humble efforts of a group of like-minded people from Tata memorial hospital and lions club of India, some other NGO to culminated in this first edition of yearlong campaign to start in Mumbai in Aug/Sep 2018. First of its kind in India, the event will attract more than 10,000 participants.
Professional athletes and enthusiastic runner’s alike join together to run for specific cause cancer awareness with health and health with awareness12canthon, which forms the themes of campaign. The theme for first edition is : ‘Run for cancer ’ (2018) and This year we canthon’
The Mumbai cancer awareness campaign represents the vision, vigour and vibrancy of the beloved and inspiring city. At its heart, the initiative aimed to create a platform to raise funds for health, education on cancer, cancer welfare projects.
- Date: 28th October, 2018
- Time: 5.30 am onwards
- Venue: Goregaon Sports Club, Mumbai
- Distances: 10K | 5K | 3K