Laying emphasis on the need to detect cancer early, V. Shanta, chairperson of Cancer Institute, Adyar, said technological and scientific improvements had made it possible to cure more number of patients affected by cancer and the number of survivors was increasing.
“Awareness on cancer continues to be low. Many patients still come with advanced stages of cancer. Cancer, if detected early, is curable. Cancer is preventable, but not many seem to know this,” she told reporters, after inaugurating HCG’s Day Care Chemo Centre in Chromepet on Wednesday.
She highlighted the need to take cancer screening to rural areas. The Cancer Institute was taking up screening in places such as Villupuram, Gummidipoondi, Pudukottai and Tiruvallur.
“Many of the common cancers can be prevented. Tobacco in any form is a killer. Smoking and chewing tobacco should be avoided. High fat and high cholesterol diet, sedentary lifestyle, leading to obesity and junk food, should be avoided,” she added.
Dr. Shanta said that she wished to set up free screening facilities in each district of Tamil Nadu.
Dinesh Madhavan, director, Healthcare Services, HCG Enterprise Ltd, said this was the seventh day care centre in India, and they planned to set up a few more in Chennai.
Amarnath Gopalraj, radiation oncologist, said the centre would provide chemotherapy for patients.