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Goa Cancer Society calls for cohort study

By on November 21, 2018
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Goa Cancer Society calls for cohort study

The Goa Cancer Society (GCS) recently called for a cohort study in the state as risk factors of nearly 60 per cent of cancer cases are still unknown.

CS president Shrinivas Dempo told a press conference in Panaji: “We will take up the matter with the government and suggestions of roping in an NGO or any private agency for the comprehensive study will also be put before the government.”

Dempo said that the GCS has launched the late Dr Sharad Vaidya cancer screening package for men and women under which the society contributes `1,500 per female patient and `1,000 per male. Around 290 patients have already availed this facility in February and March 2018.

Dempo added that the GCS in association with Manipal Hospital runs a financial assistance scheme for treatment of cancer patients since 2014 where both contribute equally. He said, “To date, we have provided assistance to more than 100 patients, sanctioning around `35 lakh.” Dempo urged all GCS members to actively participate in the daily activities of the society.

Oncologist surgeon and GCS joint secretary Dr Shekhar Salkar added, “We need to conduct a cohort study on cancer cases in Goa. For our 15 lakh population, we need to select randomly 80,000 people and thoroughly study their health.”


Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.

Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

 

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