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Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital unveils SEEDS for cancer awareness

A panel discussion was held on the topic ‘Prevent Cancer, Preserve Life’

Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital (HN RFH) has launched SEEDS, a unique initiative aimed at increasing awareness that helps prevent cancer and also encourages early diagnosis. Actor Vidya Balan alongside leading international cancer expert and Director Onco-sciences, HN RFH, Dr Vijay Haribhakti, launched this initiative in the presence of the CEO of HN RFH, Dr Tarang Gianchandani and Priya Datt, Chairperson, Nargis Dutt Foundation. 

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A panel discussion was conducted that was moderated by Dr Sewanti Limaye, Director, Medical & Precision Oncology and Oncology Research the panel included Priya Dutt, Chairperson, Nargis Dutt Foundation, Dr Jagmeet Madan, National President, Indian Dietetic Association, Dr Aashish Contractor, Director Rehab, HN RFH, Dr Avinash D’Souza, Consultant Psychiatrist, HN RFH and Dr Vijay Haribhakti. The panel discussion was centred on ‘Prevent Cancer, Preserve Life’. Each expert shed light on different aspects of cancer prevention. 

Dr Haribhakti pointed out, “The current focus of most stakeholders remains on the treatment of cancer. While precision oncology and advancement in treatment will continue to remain crucial, we can do much more by nipping the disease in the bud. Tobacco alone is responsible for 50 per cent of cancer incidence. Similarly, there are other measures which can help prevent cancer. Also, awareness can help early diagnosis which can play a huge role in the complete recovery of patients.” 

Dr Gianchandani, CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital said, “Cancers have a tip of the iceberg phenomenon, where most often, the symptoms of cancer may not be obvious or present until the disease has progressed, affecting the Quality of Life. While the focus worldwide is on treatment, ours is on prevention ahead of treatment. Therefore we at Sir HN Reliance are dedicated to offering means to prevent Cancer. We as an institution want to bridge the gap and follow the approach that meets the objective of early identification amongst ‘at risk’ individuals through preventive strategies.”

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