Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Programmes
at Rural/Urban Areas
Cancer is a disease, which is equally wide spread among
villagers as in urban population. But it is more dangerous
as the villagers 'reach' to the cancer surgeon or the
cancer institute very late, till then the disease becomes
so advanced that even after total treatment, which is
expensive, the disease remains in the body and ultimately
'kills the person in a short span'. The family not only
loose the person but the 'fortunes' of that family are
also lost in treating the person from the cancer and
the future of the children also becomes bleak.
The cancer is not only a 'killer' disease in its late
manifestation, but also a huge social and economical
How can we deal with these 'Medico-Social' problems?
The only way seems are proper education and guidance
about the health problems and the way to deal with them.
Because of lack of 'social activities' in the villages,
those who are retired from the fieldwork, easily slip
into inactivity. Almost 70 - 80% male population seems
to be addicted to smoking tobacco and alcohol abuse.
If a doctor advises them to kick these habits, the villagers
are not interested in following the guidance given by
the doctor. Their only interest is in taking 'symptomatic'
treatment for their ailments without wanting to understand
that these symptomatic drugs could cause them more harm
than benefit, in the long run.
Villagers commonly suffer from Malnutrition, hazards
of smoking alcohol, and Drug overuse, which manifests
'largely' as 'chronic fatigability syndrome', chronic
dull aching abdominal pain and body ache, constipation
and physical and mental dullness, and diseases like
Tuberculosis, Anemia, skin diseases and mostly oral
and lung cancer.
Men can be educated about the evils of smoking, tobacco
chewing and alcohol abuse with the help of posters and
if possible with 'plays'.
Females mostly suffer from 'Chronic fatigue ability
Syndrome', iron deficiency anaemia, leucorrhoea and
menstrual disorders, for which a general guidance regarding
proper nutrition and haematanics and regular Gynaec
checkups can be conducted.
Importance of drinking plenty of water and eating easily
available nutritious food, like pulses, fruits, green
leafy vegetables and milk can be stressed upon for dealing
with malnutrition and dehydration.
To prevent or to curb this problem, we as medical society,
are organising camps in the villages, to detect the
signs of early cancers, to educate people about the
hazards of smoking, tobacco chewing and alcohol abuse
through various posters, pamphlets and also encourage
females to come for gynaec check ups. A cancer detected
in an early stage can be cured almost 90 - 100% and
the money spent on treating cancer is also considerably
reduced, hence saving not only the person suffering
from cancer but the whole family.
We have started the Outreach programme in Ranga Reddy
District of Andhra Pradesh, India. Which has an average
population of. So far we could able to cover six mandals
(Divisions of the District).
- Bahadurpally (Qutbullapur)
- Mahaboob Nagar
- ESI Hospital, Sanath
- Suraram Village (Qutbullapur)
The following are the stages in our outreach programmes
- Inform all the residents of area about the camp
Distribute literature regarding cancer, cancer risk
factors, life style etc.
- Carry out cancer prevention campaign including lectures.
- Screen the potential high-risk groups as well as all
other volunteers for possibility of cancer (using questionnaires,
interviews and related routine medical examination).
- Identifying potential cancer patients
- Refer the cancer potential cancer patients to the concerned
agencies for more detailed investigation.
- Advises from Complementary & Alternative Therapists.
Gallery Of Outreach Programmes conducted by AMC Trust.