Cancer survivors honoured

Chennai, Aug. 17:

Cancer survivors were honoured at a cancer awareness event – ‘Conquer 2019’ jointly organised by Freedom from Cancer Relief and Research Foundation in association with Saveetha Medical Center on Independence Day.

Cancer survivors including children participated in various cultural performances. The funds raised from this event will be utilized in spreading cancer awareness and cancer treatment for the underprivileged children. The chief guests of the event were Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, BJP State President and Mr. Ameer, Director and Actor.

In his presidential address Dr N.M. Veeraiyan, Founder & Chancellor – Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical Sciences said, “Improvements in the area of molecular genetics has greatly helped both in the early detection and personalized treatment of the disease. People should understand that Cancer is curable and one can lead a normal life after surviving cancer.”

Speaking on the occasion Prof. Dr Anita Ramesh, Professor Medical Oncology, Saveetha Medical College Hospital & Founder and CEO – Freedom from Cancer Relief and Research Foundation said “Every year, we gather our well-wishers to celebrate the spirit of cancer survivors.

These celebrations provide an opportunity for survivors to converse, draw support and get advice from others who share similar experience and rejoice. It is an occasion for cancer survivors to come together and celebrate the new reality in cancer survivorship.” “Usually when someone feels their body is undergoing physical uneasiness, they should get it tested immediately.

The three commonly occurring cancers in India are those of the breast, uterine cervix and oral cancer. Together, they account for approximately 35% of all cancers in India. Screening is effective in the prevention and early detection of these cancers” Prof. Dr Anita Ramesh added.

Some of the cancer survivors shared their stories of success on their fight against cancer, elaborated on how positive attitude, will power and strong support system played a crucial role in their recovery.  The whole occasion was filled with joy & laughter. A Hope for the future and strength reflected across on the day.

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