In an effort to provide help to the people of Northeast, the Karkinos Manipur Cancer Care and Research Institute on Saturday organised several cancer awareness programmes across Imphal on the occasion of World Cancer Day.
As a part of the awareness campaign, a football match was organised at the Eastern Sporting Union Ground, Wangkhei in Imphal East.
The match was played between Manipur Stars, which included former national football players from Manipur and Manipur Cancer Warriors, led by veterans of Manipur Cancer Society and Cancer Survivors.
Speaking on the occasion, director and CEO of Karkinos, Manipur, Dr GS Moirangthem, pointed out that there are an estimated 2.25 million cases of cancer in India every year, which doubles every 10 years.
Three quarters of these cancers are detected in the late stages and mortality rates are devastatingly high because of lack of access to standardised cancer care, he added.
He informed that the awareness campaign is being organised in different locations of Imphal to raise awareness about cancer, its prevention and importance of early detection.
Karkinos plans to address these problems with an end-to-end technology platform which coordinates cancer care continuum, medical center for treatment of complex cancers and research center which leverages technologies such as genomics, synthetic biology, sensors and AI to analyse data and leading to the development of affordable cancer interventions, said the CEO.
The fundamental principle of Karkinos, which is a leading technology-led oncology platform is democratisation of cancer care in a participatory fashion with existing health providers, researchers and technologists, he added.
The awareness campaign also witnessed former Health director Dr K Rajo addressing different queries related to cancer to the participants of the awareness programme.