‘Kerala Campaign Against Cancer’, a comprehensive programme aimed at tackling the increasing incidence of cancer in the state through cancer awareness creation and prevention, was launched here on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who launched the state-wide campaign, said that it was high time that the people were made more aware of the deadly disease. ‘’The government will always extend full support to the project,’’ he said.
Pointing out that modern treatment facilities and detection facilities were now available, Chandy said that the people should also be made aware of the new facilities. Health Minister V S Sivakumar said that the comprehensive programme was being launched at a time when there was a great concern over the increasing incidence of cancer in the state.
If the disease was detected in the early stages, it is 90 per cent curable and the programme is aimed at achieving this, he said.
Stating that the government had already earmarked Rs 10 crore for this mega project, the Health Minister said that it also had the assistance of the Centre.
The Health Department is implementing the project with the cooperation of the Local Self Governments, Regional Cancer Centre and the National Rural Health Mission, Sivakumar said.