GUWAHATI, Oct 6 - Governor Banwarilal Purohit launched the �Cancer Control Campaign� of the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) by releasing IEC (information, education and communication) materials in the presence of doctors and prominent citizens of Guwahati at a function at Raj Bhawan on Wednesday.
Information brochure for prevention and early detection of cancer highlights nine warning signals of cancer, risk factors and signs and symptoms for commonly encountered breast, cervix and head and neck cancers.
�The public will also be made aware about harmful effects of tobacco on health. Lack of awareness is one of the key reasons for the late detection of cancers in the State, and educating the public with IEC material in simple and easily understandable language will go a long way in prevention and early detection of cancer,� Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of BBCI said.
Dr Kataki appealed to the public and the media to support the cancer prevention and control initiative of BBCI wholeheartedly. The Jeevanram Mungi Devi Charitable Trust has provided financial assistance for the cancer control programme.
On the occasion, Sounds of Soul, a quarterly bulletin was released by the Governor. It depicts a few heart-warming brief narratives by cancer patients and survivors, and family members of cancer patients from different parts of the North East. The bulletin has highlighted various schemes of the government for financial assistance to cancer patients and the free treatment facility at BBCI.
The Governor also released the report of the Population Cancer Registry, Kamrup (Metro) district for the year 2012-14. The Population Based Cancer Registry (PBCR) of Kamrup (M) of ICMR was started in 2003 and since then, it has shown the incidences and prevalence of cancers, and mortality due to cancers in the population of Kamrup (M).
According to the latest report of PBCR, Kamrup (M), the incidences of cancer in Kamrup urban district among men and women are 206 new cancer cases and 174 new cases per lakh of population, respectively.
The Governor, on behalf of BBCI presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Jeevan Ram Mungi Devi Charitable Trust, Matri Mandir, Guwahati, and Lions Club of Guwahati Seva for their support to the institute.
The GLP Social Circle is also providing financial support and recreational facilities to the patients of BBCI. The Governor signed a pledge to work for tobacco control in the State.