Hyderabad, Feb 3 : The ''sixth Yashoda Cancer Awareness 5K Run -2019" was held at Saroornagar stadium, L B Nagar here on Sunday.
It was organised as part of World Cancer Day on February 4 with an intention to spread ‘Awareness and Fight Cancer’ by Yashoda Group Hospitals.
Speaking on the occasion, Telugu film star Mr Navdeep who flagged off the run congratulated Yashoda Hospitals for taking this initiative to create awareness among the public to fight deadly cancer.
He said cancer is causing more panic than all the diseases that have been tormenting the mankind today. India and Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states are in particular bear a high burden.
Early detection is the key factor in fighting and survival of cancer. This is the main reason for organising ‘Yashoda Cancer Awareness Walk’, said Dr Vijay Kumar Chief Operating Officer of Yashoda Hospital, Malakpet.
‘We are hosting this awareness walk to fill the gap between knowledge and discussion surrounding this killer disease”, COO of Yashoda Hospital (Malakpet). Cancer is spreading its dangerous roots deep into the health of society. 12 lakh people are diagnosed afresh with cancer every year in India. One woman dies of cancer every 5-8 minutes in our country, approximately 10 lakh deaths per year.This number could rise significantly if preventive measures are not taken.
“One-thirds of Cancers can be prevented by avoiding tobacco, leading a healthy lifestyle. ‘ 6th Annual Yashoda Cancer Awareness 5K Run’ is to increase understanding, early detection and improve survival of cancer, said Dr G V K Reddy, the Medical Oncologist at Yashoda Hospitals - Malakpet.
The 5K Run started at Saroornagar stadium and proceeded up to Kothapet before returning to the stadium. More than 7000 people across from all walks of life including many IAS, IPS officers, have participated in the walk and made it a grand success. Film actors, Yashoda Hospitals Oncologists, Doctors, Nurses, Staff and especially youth, students joined their hands and pledged against cancer.(UNI)