The control of cancer does not consist merely of diagnosis and effective treatment. In order to achieve any health care objective, it is necessary to identify the fundamentals. Cancer control is a summation of many different components, the most important of which are basic research, prevention and epidemiology, cancer registry database, public and professional education, and facilities for screening high-risk patients, early diagnosis, effective treatment modules and rehabilitation programs. Not many centers can have all these facilities even in metropolitan areas.
Routine cancer detection camps support the normal public for early detection , which GLOBAL VISION has been doing since its inception.
Increasingly, the longevity of the global population in general and Asia in particular ensures a rising incidence and frequency of cancer. While current technology has the wherewithal to diagnose cancer early to prevent morbidity and mortality; it is difficult to implement this without positive political and philanthropic support to scientists, doctors and paramedical workers.
Although 60-65% of cancers are preventable, the impact of this knowledge in reducing the cancer load will take a long time. Screening programs for early detection including mammography, chest X-rays, Pap & ENT are worthwhile only in high-risk populations, which are now well defined.
Currently, 50% of cancers are curable if detected early, 25% can be effectively palliated by treatment even in an advanced stage and for the remaining 25% good palliative care and pain relief can be achieved. If appropriate steps are taken to address the problem in a pragmatic manner, by 2020 , two-thirds of cancers could be cured and only 5% of patients will need terminal care.
The main need in the coming decades is education: education about prudence in lifestyles and diets; education about symptomatology of early cancer detection; education about availability of screening programs for the high-risk population; and education about the fact that early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are compatible with long-term cancer. In essence, no cancer control effort can be mounted without education at all levels in public.
"GLOBAL VISION HAS TAKEN AN INITIATIVE TO EDUCATE PEOPLE AT LARGE FOR FIGHT AGAINST CANCER"