NALBARI, June 7 - Worried over rising cases of cancer across the State, the State Cancer Institute of Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) organised an awareness meeting at Barbhag College recently. The awareness meeting was held in collaboration with the Barbhag Jestha Nagarik Mancha, which is a platform of senior citizens of the locality.
The awareness meeting was inaugurated by Phanidhar Deka, retired Principal of Barbhag College.
Addressing the meeting, Dr Nripati Kalita, a cancer specialist of the State Cancer Institute said that the people of the State must avoid the use of tobacco and its related products considering the gravity of the situation.
�Every household in the State will have a cancer patient by 2030 if we don�t give up tobacco products,� Dr Kalita claimed. Director of the cancer institute, Dr Bibhas Chandra Goswami said one needs to change the present lifestyle and food pattern to save himself from the dreaded disease.
In the awareness meeting, Dr Smriti Goswami and Dr Nilakshi Mahanta spoke about the increasing number of breast and ovarian cancer among women. They said that breast cancer is now very common among young women. The awareness meeting was addressed, among others by Dr Mridul Sarma, an expert of cancer. The meeting was presided over by Narayan Chandra Kalita, vice president of Barbhag Nagarik Mancha.