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Punarjeevan and Pink Chain take up arms against the deadliest disease, Cancer

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By Ishan Kukreti

In a major endeavor to create awareness about cancer and initiate a constructive dialogue within the society about the same, ‘Pink Chain Cancer Conclave’ was held at the Constitution Club of India on 25th June.

The conclave, which was an initiative by the NGO Punarjeevan, saw discussions on topics relevant to present day ground realities related to the disease and ways to deal with them.

Talking about the causes of cancer, Dr. G.K. Rath, chief of IRCH informed the gathering that while tobacco accounted for 40% of all cancer cases, it is preventable too. If one avoids tobacco in any form, chances of developing cancer drops by 40%.

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                                        Dr. G.K. Rath

 

Throwing light on the issue of tobacco addiction among young adults, Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, Chairman Max Oncology, said that people who start smoking at a young age are at a higher risk of getting addicted. One of the discussions focused on the inclusion of chapters on smoking and its relation to cancer in school books, to sensitize young adults about the ill effects of tobacco.

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Dr. Harit Chaturvedi

 

“The present budget allocations to the healthcare sector in India are abysmally low. Plus, a major chunk of the work in India is toeing the line of western concerns. For example, most of the efforts in cancer healthcare for women is directed towards Breast cancer, because it is a global phenomenon. However, Cervical cancer which to this day claims the highest number female lives remains largely overlooked,” a highly dedicated and equally concerned President of Punarjeevan, Dr. Abhishek Shankar told NewsGram.

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Breast cells may behave menace by High Vitamin D

Higher levels of Vitamin D among women

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High vitamin D harming Breast Cancer, Pixabay

Higher levels of Vitamin D among women may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer post menopause, claimed a new study.

The study found that women with blood levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (OH) — the main form of vitamin D in blood — above 60 ng/ml (nanograms per millilitre) had one-fifth the risk of breast cancer compared to those with less than 20 ng/ml.

 Vitamin D levels in blood were measured during study visits.
Higher levels of Vitamin D among women may reduce their risk of developing breast cancer post menopause, pixabay

Thus, researchers from the University of California-San Diego determined that the minimum healthy level of 25(OH) in blood plasma should be 60 ng/ml, instead of the earlier recommended higher than the 20 ng/ml.

“Increasing Vitamin D blood levels substantially above 20 ng/ml appears to be important for the prevention of breast cancer,” said lead author Sharon McDonnell from GrassrootsHealth, a non-profit public health research organisation.

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The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, analysed data from two randomised clinical trials with 3,325 combined women and a prospective study involving 1,713 women with average age of 63.

Participants were free of cancer at enrollment and were followed for a mean period of four years. Vitamin D levels in blood were measured during study visits.

“This study was limited to postmenopausal breast cancer. Further research is needed on whether high 25(OH)D levels might prevent premenopausal breast cancer,” said Cedric F. Garland from UC-San Diego. (IANS.)