The 2nd Indian Cancer Congress was inaugurated today by Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala – Honourable Governor of Karnataka in presence of K. S. Gopinath, Chairman and Ramesh Bilimagga, Secretary General of ICC 2017. During the inauguration, Governor announced that the government should provide free cancer treatment for rural/poor in India. He also launched two books by fellow ICC members on cancer survival. He also launched two books by fellow ICC members Dr. Bapsy Padmanabhan titled “Hope to Cope” and by Dr. Vijay Anand Reddy titled “I am a survivor” on cancer survival.
Karnataka government understands the implication of cancer and hence, is one of the first to announce it as a “Notifiable Disease”. Along with that, Karnataka government will take various initiatives for oncology awareness and treatment at district and its plans to open super-specialty hospitals. Other highlights of the conference include a major step by National Centre for Disease Informatics (NCDI), the launch of electronic mortality death certificates. Along with that, a full day programme on generic drugs has been organized to explore the possibility of biosimilar drugs. Indo-US and Indo-UK networking session on collaboration of cancer research in India will be the key highlight of the conference.
The conference will benefit the cancer care society and aid in further research and development. There are around 3,300,000 cancer patients in India and each year around 600,000 patients die and doctors diagnose 1,000,000 new cancer cases. India bears a disproportionate amount of cancer cases and possesses 50% of the world’s oral cancer cases. On the other hand, Bengaluru has seen a massive growth of cancer cases with approximately 113 cases for every one lakh male and 139 cases for every one lakh female according to population based cancer registry.
About Indian Cancer Congress 2017:
The second chapter of the Indian Cancer Congress (ICC) 2017 is an amalgamation of four major national oncology associations and all sub-speciality associations to improve the quality of cancer care in the country. AYUSH is also part of ICC having one day programme on cancer care .This affiliation will strengthen the purpose of the ICC to reach out to all involved in the fight against cancer in different ways. This will pave the way for a new dawn in the Indian cancer landscape.