Cancer incidence in Manipur highest in North East region

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IMPHAL, Sep 22: The Governor of Manipur, Gurbachan Jagat said that the present scenario of cancer problem in the state does not appear encouraging.

The Governor stated this while delivering his chief guest speech during the observation of the National Rose Day 2010 observed today at the Mini Auditorium of the RIMS at Lamphelpat.

L. Jayentakumar, Minister of Education and President of the Manipur Cancer Society graced the function as president. Dr. S. Shekhojit Singh, Director, RIMS. And Dr. Y. Mohen Singh, Medical Superintendent were the guests of honour of the function.

Further in his speech, the Governor lauded the task taken up by the Manipur Cancer Society by organizing various awareness programmes about the dreaded disease and wished the society to continue and expand its activities.

He mentioned that as per RIMS Annual Report, 2009-10, under Pateint Care service of the Radiotherapy department, the total number of ward admissions was 1225 and bed occupation rate 75.3 percent during the year under the report. 88 minor operations and 1447 external radiotherapy were performed during the year. He said that the figures indicate that the problem of cancer in Manipur is a serious one. The number of patients in Manipur is highest in the North Eastern region of India. Most of the patients underwent further treatment at TATA Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, as recommended by the state medical board.

The Governor said that the present scenario does not appear to be encouraging, adding that the opposite of the same should be our target. Further, since the disease is closely connected with our lifestyle, he exhorted all the people, particularly youngsters, to stay away from an undesirable lifestyle and habits and also appealed to the people to get medical check-ups at least once a year so that any incidence of cancer can be prevented or cured if detected early.

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