Dr. Anisha Mawlong: Cancer can be cured if detected early

Shillong, Feb 4: Dr. Anisha Mawlong in-charge Oncology department of Civil Hospital Shillong, said that cancer can be cured if it is detected at an earlier stage.

“People if they see some changes in their body they should get medical help at the earliest,” Dr. Mawlong said.

She also urged people not to be misguided by hearsay and to come forward and get themselves screened

The in-charge Oncology department that Meghalaya added, “This is all due to our food habits. The food culture of the people in the north east is we are accustomed to eating fermented and smoked foods. Consumption of alcohol and tobacco products and also areca nut also leads to cancer,” the in-charge Oncology department of Shillong Civil Hospital said.

She also said that people should eat vegetables, drink lots of water and have regular exercise and not to lead a sedentary lifestyle. 

Meanwhile, during the observation of World Cancer Day, Dr. S. S. Nongbri, Joint Director of Health Services (MCH and FW) said that Population Based Cancer Registry data 2014, East Khasi Hills District ranks third in males and 11th in females in the country in the incidence of cancer and first in the country for tobacco related cancers and first for esophagus and many head and neck cancers.

Dr. Nongbri also said that detection can lead to a complete cure. Informing that cancer treatment in Civil Hospital is completely free, he encouraged patients not to lose hope but to stick to the course of treatment and hope that with increased awareness and change in habits and lifestyle, cancer can be combated.

He also informed that the Cancer Foundation of India will soon set up cancer screening centres in the State for the benefit of the people.

The theme for this year’s World Cancer Day was, “I Am and I Will”.

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