Saturday January 25, 2020

Sonali, Tahira Urge People Not to Fear Cancer, Instead Fight Against it

"I feel public figures should come forward and associate with NGOs to spread and create more awareness about this dreaded disease among the people, especially the youth," Kubbra said

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

On the occasion of World Cancer Day on Monday, actress Sonali Bendre Behl and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, who are battling cancer, urged people not to be “afraid” of the disease.

Sonali, who has recently returned to work after spending months in New York for treatment of metastatic cancer, took to Instagram to share her way of dealing with the disease.

She wrote: “Just the mere mention of the ‘C’ word brings dread in the hearts of anyone who hears it. We fear it so much that we’d rather not talk about it… which is why it’s important to have a day where we pull out the band aid and help us deal with this disease. I was scared too, but soon realised that burying my head in the sand was not the way to deal with it.”

According to the “Sarfarosh” actress, there is more to cancer “than being emotional or weak or even being called a fighter or a survivor”.

Sonali Bendre is an Indian actress and model. She has mostly starred in Bollywood films. She is best known for her commendable performance In Telugu films like Murari, Khadgam, Indra, Manmadhudu and Shankar Dada M.B.B.S..
Sonali Bendre beams with joy as she returns to ‘motherland’. Flickr

“It requires you to study it, find out what works for you and to be diligent about your treatment. It requires days of strongly believing in oneself, of knowing that tomorrow will be better than today. It is not a fight against negative thoughts,” she added.

Tahira, wife of actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana, urged society to end the stigma associated with cancer.

She said: “I hope each one of us celebrates this day in an embracing way. That we remove any stigma or taboo associated with it. That we spread awareness about it and that we have self-love no matter what.”

She also shared a photograph which showed the scar on her back of the surgery she underwent for removal of her breast.

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The actress was earlier diagnosed with Cancer. Pixabay

Tahira was detected last year with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) in her right breast with high grade malignant cells.

Explaining the idea behind the photograph of her bare back, she said: “These scars are my badges of honour. It was tough but this picture was my decision as I want to celebrate not the disease but the spirit with which I endured.”

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“Sacred Games” star Kubbra Sait is also pitching in to spread awareness about the disease.

“I feel public figures should come forward and associate with NGOs to spread and create more awareness about this dreaded disease among the people, especially the youth,” Kubbra said. (IANS)

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Males Have Higher Risk of Suffering from Cancer: Study

Researchers explain why cancer risk is higher in males

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DNA differences between men and women may explain why cancer risk is higher in males. Pixabay

DNA differences between men and women may explain why cancer risk is higher in males, according to a new study.

In findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers have reported that loss of function in certain genes of the sex-determining Y chromosome, which is present only in men, may cause them to have an elevated risk for cancer.

Using data from 9,000 individuals, the researchers studied Y-chromosome gene function in patients with various types of cancer. The findings showed that cancer risk increases with loss of function of six key Y-chromosome genes in various types of cells.

“Recent studies have shown that complete loss of the Y chromosome, which is essential to foetal sex differentiation, occurs, with aging, in the cells of some men,” said study author Juan Ramon Gonzalez from Barcelona Institute for Global Health in Spain.

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Suppression of the Y chromosome can occur as a result of loss of function in the chromosome. Pixabay

“Although the loss of the Y chromosome has previously been associated with higher incidence of cancer, the causes of this association are poorly understood,” Gonzalez added.

These six Y-chromosome genes are involved in cell-cycle regulation, the failure of which can lead to tumour development.

According to the study, understanding the biological differences between men and women in cancer is crucial for the development of personalised lines of treatment and prevention.

“Men are not only at higher risk of cancer than women, they also face a worse prognosis. In fact, these differences partially account for the lower life expectancy of men,” Gonzalez added.

According to the researchers, although men may be more exposed to carcinogens due to the type of work they do and at higher risk because they are less likely to consult a doctor, the study has shown that there are also biological factors that increase cancer risk among men.

“In fact, it seems that one of these factors can be found in the Y chromosome, the very essence of maleness,” said study lead author Alejandro Caceres.

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Suppression of the Y chromosome can occur as a result of loss of function in the chromosome, which would explain previous findings, or as a result of other mechanisms mediated by the chemical (epigenetic) inactivation of the same regions, the research said.

“Certain environmental exposures, for example to tobacco or other harmful substances, could affect chromosome function and lead to epigenetic modifications,” Gonzalez said. (IANS)