Anti-cancer drive launched in Bengal

Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) To prevent the rising incidences of oral cancer among the youth of West Bengal, an anti-smoking campaign was launched here on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Friday.

“In the last five years, oral cancer cases have increased from five to 14 percent among the youth here. We have organised a rally to spread awareness about the disease among them,” Asish Mukherjee, director of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Institute (NCRI) here, told IANS.

More people in the age group of 15-30 years are falling to oral cancer, according to Mukherjee.

The NCRI roped in Kolkata Police for a tableau Friday morning, and the organisers intend to continue the initiative throughout the year across the state.

In order to create awareness on the hazards of smoking among non-smokers, voluntary organisations campaigned in rural areas of the state.

“We organised a seminar for the youths who are not yet addicted to smoking. For smokers, we will put up posters and billboards to make them aware of the harmful effects of tobacco consumption,” said Rafique Islam of Broad Icon for Rural Dedication (BIRD) which held the seminar jointly with the Cancer Foundation of India.

Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!

The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by authors, news service providers on this page do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Hill Post. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. Hill Post makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site page.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.