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Hyderabad, Oct 10: Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender on Saturday flagged off Cancer Run, which is organized by a city-based Grace Cancer Foundation at Gachibowli Stadium.
The theme of the third edition of the Run is, ‘Beat Cancer, Beyond Covid 19.’ The Run is organized to commemorate the World Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Over a lakh participants from 100 plus countries were taking part in the programme virtually.
Speaking on the occasion Rajender said that the incidence of cancer and the consequent deaths have been rapidly rising day-by-day. Over 15 percent of deaths in the country was due to cancer, he added.
Despite technology and scientific knowledge taking rapid strides, people continue to fell victims to cancer due to changes in the lifestyle, food habits and the enormous stress, the Minister said.
He stated that several cancer preventive initiatives were being undertaken across the globe and in the country. The government itself has taken up several programs to address cancer prevention and treatment.
He said there were many NGOs which are working towards this goal too, their proactive roles showcase the fact that there was no dearth of donors and people with concern for others.
One amongst them Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli, CEO, Grace Cancer Foundation, who has been relentlessly working in this area of cancer screening and detection, Rajender said.
Stating that early detection helps to cure cancer, he said Dr Chinnababu has been working to screen as many people as possible by sending cancer screening buses to the remotest area to reach the unreached.
“The Telangana government is ready to provide complete support and encouragement to those who are working for such initiatives”, the Minister said.