Cancer support group meets at Fortis

A meeting of Saarthak, the Cancer Support Group of Fortis was held, in which 100 patients, survivors and their family members attended the meet held at the hospital, which was also addressed by Dr Rajeev Kapoor, Senior Consultant, Colorectal Surgery, Dr Atul Joshi, Consultant, General Surgery and Dr Priyanka Arora, Coordinator of Physiotherapy Department, Fortis Hospital, Mohali besides Dr Rajeev Bedi, Additional Director, Medical Oncology Fortis Hospital, Mohali.

"There are many myths surrounding cancer," said Dr Bedi, "The main one is that it is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and prevalent mostly in developed countries. However, the reality is that cancer is a global epidemic and affects all ages and socio-economic groups. In India, there are over 25 lakh cancer cases, with 8 lakh new cases diagnosed every year. There are approximately 5.5 lakh cancer-related deaths every year. The common cancers in men include oral cavity, lung, esophagus, stomach while in women these are breast, cervix and oral cavity. Around 70% cancer cases are diagnosed only in the advanced stage of the disease, resulting in many avoidable deaths," he added.

Striking a positive note, Dr Bedi said cancer can be avoided by leading a healthy lifestyle and reducing risk factors like alcohol, tobacco, an unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. "Maintain a healthy body weight and go for regular health checkups," he advised.

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