Winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service as well as the Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan, Dr V. Shantha of the Cancer Institute, Chennai, was at the Press Institute to talk about ‘Healthcare, with specific reference to cancer’. Dr Santha said there was really no need to be afraid of cancer – it was just like any other disease. Sixty-five per cent of cancers were curable, she said, especially if detected early. Advanced stages of cancer had no cure and the best was palliative care. All the improvements in cancer cure were a result of medical science, the doctor said, and pointed out how the disease could now be diagnosed even at the molecular stage (without any sort of growth/ tumour or physical appearance as such). Other pictures show a section of the audience and N. Murali, Trustee, PII-RIND, speaking.
Most cancers curable: Dr Shanta