Apollo Most cancers Centres has launched ‘Unmask Most cancers’, an initiative to get rid of stigma and discrimination, its director of breast, head and neck most cancers, Apollo Proton Most cancers Centre, Sapna Nangia stated in Chennai on Friday.
Ramya Uppuluriri, marketing consultant paediatric hematology oncology, who handled Lithin, a boy who had grade 4 meduloblastoma, stated there have been a number of myths about most cancers – that oldsters are responsible of inflicting most cancers of their kids; most cancers is contagious and genetic; food regimen may cause most cancers; unwanted side effects of therapy are painful; and that most cancers might solely result in demise.
Naveena Kasi, Lithin’s mom, stated she had endured stigma, discrimination and pity. “Hiding my son’s most cancers historical past on account of concern of discrimination was a burden we carried for years,” she stated.
Dr. Uppuluriri stated decrease than 5% of childhood cancers are genetic and greater than 90% of cancers are curable. Most cancers isn’t contagious. The initiative would dispel the myths, she hoped.
On the launch Harshad Reddy, director, group oncology and worldwide, Apollo hospital enterprises stated, “We imagine in championing the rights of each particular person, regardless of their medical historical past.”