National Cancer Awareness Day 2021: Significance, date and how it is observed

Bhubaneswar: Everyone knows cancer is one of the deadliest diseases in India and across the world. Though technology has advanced, hundreds die every year to lack of adequate treatment. In most of the cases, patients do not know they are suffering from cancer. Early diagnosis of the disease is the key to treat someone so that the effect will be lesser.

In order to create awareness on prevention of cancer and early detection, the Government of India has been observed the National Cancer Awareness Day on November 7.

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan in September 2014 announced that November 7 will be observed as the National Cancer Awareness Day.

As the birth anniversary of Nobel-prize winning Scientist Madame Curie is on November 7, the Government of India decides to celebrate the day as the National Cancer Awareness Day commemorating her contribution to radiotherapy.

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867, Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium which led to the development of radiotherapy for treatment of cancer.

The Government of India kickstarted the National Cancer Control Programme in 1975 to provide cancer treatment facilities across the country. To prevent cancer and detect it early, various research programmes have been launched.

How to observe the National Cancer Awareness Day

a) Every year, you must ensure to book an appointment and get tested.

b) Give an information booklet to create awareness on cancer and how to look for signs of early symptoms.

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