Guwahati: On the occasion of World Cancer Day on February 4, the Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) has announced a free of cost, one-month long awareness and cancer detection initiative across Assam.
The initiative will screen people for oral, breast and cervical cancers at the community level, and Swasth Assam Kiosks managed and run by ACCF.
In alignment with Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)’s theme, this year, “I Am and I Will”, ACCF aims to create awareness that it is possible to win against cancer.
Emphasising on early detection, Dr Sajal Sen, Chief Operating Officer of ACCF, urged the people of Assam to get their health checkup done periodically. He said, “It is important for all to understand that majority of cancers are curable when detected early.”
The Government of Assam, in partnership with Tata Trusts, had initiated a distributed cancer care model by bringing world class credible cancer care facilities closer to people’s homes in Assam, and making it more accessible. Accessible and affordable cancer treatments will be the mainstay of ACCF’s three-level cancer grid model in the state.
Sen further said, “ACCF provides health checkup of common NCDs – hypertension, diabetes, oral, breast and cervical health at Swasth Assam Kiosks located in medical colleges at Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur and Diphu. Many more such screening facilities are likely to be operationalized in due course.”
The comprehensive cancer care infra structure and equipping are on full swing at various locations, such as Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Darang, Diphu and Silchar. All these locations will have high end radiation centers as well, so that people do not have to go far away and queue up.
In order to provide immediate services to patients, ACCF has daycare centres for chemotherapy at medical college premises of Dibrugarh, Diphu and Barpeta. The state sponsored free-of-cost facilities are supported with state-of-the-art infrastructure and experienced oncologists.
ACCF is an initiative of Government of Assam and Tata Trusts. This special purpose vehicle has been created to deliver three-tier comprehensive cancer care network in the state and provide accessible and affordable care for the denizens.