As component of cancer awareness initiatives, on the occasion of World Cancer Day, Dr Rajyashree N of Barakath al Noor Clinic and an active board member of Oman Cancer Association (OCA), stated that 80 per cent of circumstances can be cured if detected early. “In Oman, people are still reluctant to go for regular check-ups and in most cases diagnosis happens only in stage 3. There is a need for more regular checkups,” she stated.
Dr Rajyashree stated that awareness is the crucial to achievement. “We advise people to come forward for frequent check-ups. Cancer can develop without warning and finding and treating cancer at an early stage can save lives. Cancer that’s diagnosed at an early stage, when hasn’t spread, is more likely to be treated successfully.”
She stated that about 85 per cent of ladies diagnosed with breast cancer in the early stage survive the illness as compared to about 15 per cent ladies whose circumstances are diagnosed in the sophisticated stage. World Cancer Day, which is celebrated on February four each year, is an chance to raise awareness about cancer, encourage prevention, detection, and remedy.
“World Cancer Day 2019 is important because of the rise in cancers in the sultanate such as breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer, especially, in people who smoke. This year, our main motive was to spread as much awareness as possible,” Dr Wahid al Kharusi, president of OCA, stated.
Dr Kharusi also explained the other efforts taken to spread awareness. “We had a human ribbon comprising 2,700 students at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Bausher. They were made to stand in the shape of a ribbon to express solidarity and support towards cancer awareness. We also held various other events like the Hug a Bear for children suffering from cancer,” he added.
More events are also planned throughout the weekend. “On Friday, there will be charity dinner with Gautami Tadimalla, an Indian artiste who is a cancer survivor at Grand Hyatt. There is a fee for the event and all the proceedings will go to Dar al Hanan, a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families. On Saturday, there would be the human ribbon comprising 5,000 students at Indian School Wadi Kabir,” Dr Rajyashree stated.
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Information Source: Muscat Daily