Kolkata: Karkinos Healthcare in association with Agarpara Tetultala Auto Union and ClearMedi Healthcare organized a Cancer Screening Camp at Agarpara in Kolkata on World Cancer Day.
The camp was organized to address issues like limited access to cancer screening, cancer related tests and lack of awareness about common cancer. It encouraged people to get tested regularly and highlight the importance of early detection in the treatment of cancer.
Over 300 Auto-Rickshaw Drivers and their family members attended the camp. A health education program on various risk factors of common cancers was also organized for the participants. They were also counselled to quit tobacco consumption like smoking, chewing tobacco etc.
The participants also underwent health check-ups and screenings for certain types of cancers like Head & Neck, Oral, Lung, Prostate etc.
Dr. Akther Jawade, Director East, Karkinos Healthcare said, “The number of cancer cases in West Bengal is increasing at an alarming rate. West Bengal has around 5 lakh cancer patients with over 1 lakh cases of cancer are detected every year in the state out of which around 35,000 die annually due to cancer. This large-scale morbidity and mortality of cancer can easily be minimized with well planned cancer education, organized screening, and early detection programs.”
Dr. Akther Jawade said, “To address this issue, Karkinos Healthcare has collaborated with Agarpara Tetultala Auto Union and ClearMedi Healthcare for an outreach program to create awareness related to cancer and risk assessment among the Auto-Rickshaw Drivers and their family members in Barrackpore region of West Bengal.”
A Medical Team headed by Dr. Ramanuj Ghosh, Head & Neck Surgeon, Karkinos Healthcare along with Dr. Ankita Dutta Banik, RMOs, and Nurses was present to conduct the cancer screening program.