GUWAHATI, March 10: Tata Trusts and Cachar Cancer Hospital in collaboration with Voice of Tobacco Victims and National Cancer Grid will embark on a motor bike rally in the North East India from March 12 – March 22 covering all the 7 states. At major townships en-route they will conduct a Cancer Run (5 Km runs) followed by talks by doctors, cancer survivors and minister level guests.
In addition there will be workshops on Cancer Research and Careers in Oncology for medical students and nurses in Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Tezpur and Silchar. The Ride and Run Rally will start from Silchar and go to Shillong, Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Imphal, Aizwal, Agartala and will conclude at Silchar. The riders will cover a total distance of over 2100 kms.
Dr Ravi Kannan, Cacher Cancer Hospital& Research Centre, said, “50% of all cancers and 90% of oral cancers are due to tobacco. The high incidence of cancer in the Northeast region prompted doctors to come together for this bike rally to create awareness.”
The aim is to communicate messages related to cancer and by doing so change the perceptions and behaviours related to the disease and positively alter the extent of health seeking behaviour. The riders will interact with people and organizations at small towns, villages and big cities all across the North East Indian states spreading awareness cancer, risk factors, sign and symptoms, it’s preventive measures, research aspects and treatment modalities. Ministers, leaders and doctors of the respective states will take part in the events.
Ashima Sarin, Director of the Voice of Victims Campaign, said that at each location, doctors and cancer survivors will tell their stories. Through these stories we hope to create awareness about cancer and how early detection and treatment is so important.