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Early Detection Cancer Camp Organized by Shree Ramkrishna Knowledge Foundation at Lathi Taluka in Amreli
SRK Knowledge Foundation, Surat and The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute (GCRI), Ahmedabad jointly organized an Early Detection Cancer Camp for Lathi residents in Amreli District of Gujarat at ‘Lalji Dadano Vadlo’ managed by Santokbaa Medical Centre on 16th June 2019.
The cancer camp aimed to spread awareness, diagnose and offer treatment for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Oral Cancer to the natives of Lathi. The team of GCRI was present with their ‘Sanjivani Rath’, a mobile cancer clinic equipped with modern facilities and medical equipment like digital radiography, mammography, endoscopy and telemedicine, etc.
An expert team of doctors comprising Onco Surgeon, Onco Gynecologist, Radiologist, and Community Oncologist rendered their services to the patients. Teams consisting of Engineers and Legal professionals were also available to offer their assistance as needed. Cancer screening tests like Mammography for Breast Cancer, Papanicolaou Test (Pap Smear) for Cervical Cancer and other examinations were done primarily of the patients. Tests like Mammograms and Pap Smears can spot cancer before any other symptoms have developed.
Out of the total population of 130,000 from fifty-one villages, more than one forty patients were examined, and thirty-four patients were found doubtful of having cancer symptoms. The doctors performed the physical examination of the individuals and inspired them to abandon the habit of chewing tobacco and pan masala, which can cause severe mouth infection and may put their lives in jeopardy. Doctors urged the individuals to take a pledge for not chewing tobacco henceforth and lead a healthy life. SRKKF further assisted the patients who have reportedly shown some cancer symptoms with a further check-up for biopsy and serology tests.
The promotion of the camp was done vigorously to alert the public of the event and about the significant health issue. Meetings, social gatherings, digital & personal communication, banners, and pamphlets were distributed at every village doorstep. People in large numbers were encouraged to come for the primary check-up even in case of minor doubt. Resident doctors, medical officers, active members of various organizations, and volunteers extended their support to make the event beneficial.
SRK Knowledge Foundation conveys gratitude to Dr Shashank Pandya – Director, GCRI and his team to assist and effectively implement this mammoth mission. SRKKF has also expressed its willingness to organize such camps every year to reduce the intensity of this deadly disease.