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UICC World Cancer Congress 2006
Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Methods:Besides economic constraints there are many socio-cultural hurdles also that complicate the cancer control scenario in India. Illiteracy, lack of any health communication strategy, fatalistic attitude of people and social stigma & ignorance about a disease like cancer prevent people to seek early medical consultation. The situation is further confounded by a high prevalence of tobacco consumption and several life-style related factors which are responsible for nearly 70% of cancer incidence in India. Thus, the voluntary or Non-Government Organizations have great responsibility in creating awareness and educating people about cancer prevention, in organizing a systematic campaign against tobacco usage and in providing dedicated cancer screening and early detection services.
Results:Several innovative modules of creating mass awareness against tobacco use and other harmful lifestyle factors will be discussed. In addition, our experience in conducting successful cervical cancer screening program for community and field-tested logistics using low cost technologies will be presented.