'Yuvi role model for cancer fighters'

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s mother on Wednesday praised her son’s grit for fighting off cancer and setting an example for other survivors and patients.

Speaking at a function here to mark the World Cancer Day, Shabnam Singh said: “Cancer is curable and the will power of a patient to recover helps in speedy recovery.”

“My son is fit and once again playing cricket for the country. This is a message for all that the battle against cancer can be won,” Shabnam Singh added.

She was speaking at a discussion forum “Cancer: Awareness to Advocacy” organised by The Cancer Foundation (TCF) and Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YouWeCan) – an NGO of the cricketer.
The TCF, a think tank of cancer survivors headed by Meenu Puri, supports the UN Sustainable Development goals including the right to health.

Early detection
Oncologist Rakesh Chopra said: “We need to emphasise on early detection and screening along with encouraging healthy lifestyle for curing cancer.”

While interacting with young cancer patients and survivors, chairperson of NGO Cankids Kidscan Poonam Bagai said: “Early diagnosis is the best step in the direction of making the country reach the 90-95 per cent curable rate of childhood cancer.”

At the event, cancer survivors interacted with doctors and patients and narrated their tales of overcoming the disease.

According to Indian Council of Media Research, 1.11 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2014.
There has been a nine per cent increase in diagnosed cases since 2011 when the figure stood at 1.02 million.

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