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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A discussion on cancer

While the statement, ‘You have cancer, is one that most people dread, the fact is that there are many cancers that are totally curable and preventable, according to the organisers of an upcoming talk on the subject.

In a unique initiative of collaboration, a citizen-connect organisation (V Citizens Action Network), a community-service organisation (Rotary Club of Bombay) and Jai Hind College have joined hands to build awareness and dispel the fear of cancer. On Thursday, November 29, an expert panel of doctors will answer common questions, such as:

What kind of cancers are preventable?

What steps should we take for early detection?

What support do government agencies provide?

How does medical insurance cover cancer treatment?

What are some of the preventative steps we can take?

Only if we ‘Know Cancer’, can we work towards ‘No Cancer’, the doctors point out. The panelists include Dr. Sanjay Mukherjee, IAS, Secretary, Department of Medical Education and Drugs, Govt. of Maharashtra;

Padma Shri Dr. Ramakant Deshpande, surgical oncologist and Executive Chairman, Asian Cancer Institute and Dr. Ian Pinto, medical oncologist and haematologist and Dr. Vinay Deshmane, surgical oncologist and Medical Director and Trustee, Indian Cancer Society.

The entire proceeding will be streamed LIVE on as well as

Anyone can participate and ask questions, live, by:

Sending a Tweet @together_vcan

Sending an SMS text +919594880408

Making a Skype video call to together_vcan

Where Jai Hind College, AV Hall, A Road, Churchgate,

When Thursday, November 29, 3.00 pm to 5.00 p.m.

Diabetes clinic launch

Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai Central, in association with Wellthy The Therapeutics, has launched a diabetes clinic. The launch was followed by a seminar for visiting patients with free check-up of HbA1c test and diabetes camp.

Digital therapeutics, also known as “software as a drug,” involves the use of digital tools or systems to treat medical conditions. In digital therapeutics, digital technologies such as apps, devices and software are used to treat patients in the same way drugs, surgeries or medical devices are applied therapeutically. Digital therapeutics may be used as stand-alone treatments or as part of a broader treatment program that incorporates both digital and non-digital (conventional) therapies.

Diabetes is a growing challenge in India with an estimated 8.7% diabetic population in the age group of 20 and 70 years. The rising prevalence of diabetes and other non communicable diseases is driven by a combination of factors - rapid urbanisation, sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy diets, tobacco use, and increasing life expectancy. India currently represents 49% of the world’s diabetes burden, with an estimated 72 million cases in 2017, a figure expected to almost double to 134 million by 2025.

Diabetes prevalence has increased by 64% across India over the quarter-century, according to a November 2017 report by the Indian Council for Medical Research, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, both research institutes, and the Public Health Foundation of India, an advocacy group.

Dr. Parag Rindani, Centre Head at Wockhardt Hospital, SOBO says, “The diabetes clinic will comprise of an endocrinologist, diabetic foot surgeon, neurologist,  internal medicine expert and other specialties.” Dr Behram Pardiwala, internal medicine expert, Wockhardt Hospital, SOBO adds, “Lifestyle modification is the most important component of diabetes care. Patients who follow healthy diets, exercise regularly are better positioned to prevent other complications that result from mismanagement of diabetes.”

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