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In India alone, between 2018 and 2020, 22 lakh people died due to cancer- Dr BS Ajay Kumar

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Mysuru: Karnataka alone had nearly 90,000 cancer cases in 2021 and an Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) study says Karnataka’s cancer cases will go up by another 90,000 by the year 2025 said renowned Senior Oncologist Dr BS Ajaikumar, who for the last 40 years treated thousands of patients across the globe.

As part of World Cancer Day, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology in association with Cycle Pure Agarbathi organized Hope-A-Thon ‘Torch Light Parade’ at Kote Anjaneya Swamy temple here on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion Dr Ajaikumar who is also Managing Director of Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology and Executive Chairman of HCG Hospital said “In 2022 alone, India had 14.61 lakh people who developed cancer and it was one of the leading causes of death for India. India saw 22 lakh deaths between 2018 and 2020 due to cancer. Unfortunately, the trend will only continue. By 2025, India is expected to have 29 million cancer cases. We at BHIO and HCG see an increasing number of lung cancers daily. As a cancer specialist, I can say with conviction that tobacco is one of the single largest contributors to people getting cancer. Those addicted to smoking are at the highest risk of developing lung cancer. Did you know that every hour tobacco kills 150 Indians and 3500 people every day? Tobacco kills 13 lakh Indians every year. As a doctor, who owns 26 cancer hospitals across India and abroad, I am all for banning tobacco. Mere tobacco control will not do. It must be banned to save lives”.

“Mysuru should show the way to the rest of the country in initiating various steps to ban tobacco consumption and production. For this we must raise the legal smoking age periodically, on the lines of New Zealand, to prevent future generations from tobacco use; all public places including restaurants, pubs & bars and all indoor public places must be completely smoke-free in Mysore; Educating the youth about the devastating impact of tobacco use will change the next generation; Ban on all forms of direct and indirect advertising related to tobacco brands/products and Educate farmers in and around Mysore who grow tobacco to stop cultivating poison (tobacco). I seek all citizens’ support in this battle against cancer. Come let us all join hands together to fight the big C and save lives” added Dr Ajai.

Arjun Ranga, Managing Director, Cycle Pure Agarbathi, who was the chief guest for the event said “We are humbled to extend support to the Hope-A-Thon -Torchlight Parade which is a good initiative towards spreading more awareness around Cancer. This initiative is a powerful reminder that together, we can make a difference in the fight against this devastating disease. World Cancer Day should be an opportunity to spread the word and make a positive impact in our community. We are honored to be a part of Bharath Hospital’s effort to improve the lives of those affected by cancer and we encourage everyone to get involved and make their voice heard. Let’s join forces and work towards a future where cancer is no longer a threat to our loved ones and communities”.

Participants from various institutions and organizations took part in the TorchLight Parade. Dr YS Madhavi, Senior Radiation Oncologist and Medical Superintendent, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology, Nirmala K Murthy, Center Manager, Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology were also present.

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