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National Cancer Awareness Day 2019: Here’s history and highlights of the day

The focus of this day is the early detection and treatment of cancer. Hence, each year India celebrates National Cancer Awareness Day on November 7. 

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National Cancer Awareness Day 2019: Here's history and highlights of the day

National Cancer Awareness Day 2019: Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan first announced the National Cancer Awareness Day in September 2014. Therefore, it was the first celebrated in 2014. The focus of this day is the early detection and treatment of cancer. Hence, each year India celebrates National Cancer Awareness Day on November 7.

On this day, people were encouraged to conduct free screenings to government hospitals, CGHSs, and municipal clinics. Information brochures were also distributed to raise awareness of how to avoid cancer and to look for signs of early symptoms.

The Kerala government has proposed the “Suhurtham” program to provide free cancer treatment in regional and medical hospitals.

When human cells grow abnormally, they cause cancer and invade other tissues. It can affect almost any part of the body. Cancer is also known as malignancy. In India, a study of women with cervical cancer in rural areas found that the five-year survival rate to be 9% when diagnosed at Stage IV, which soars to 78% when diagnosed at Stage I.

Therefore, there are more than 100 types of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, etc.  The National Cancer Awareness Day is being celebrated throughout the country, which was announced by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. According to him, it is time for us to enter a combat mode against this disease.

The National Cancer Awareness Day highlights cancer diseases nationwide to reduce the risk of cancer and provide knowledge about how to deal with the disease and what possible symptoms that cannot be ignored. World Cancer Day is also celebrated on February 4th each year to raise global awareness of cancer.

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