In India – cancer is increasing rapidly, but the facilities are inadequate – the disease goes undiagnosed – kills the innocent patients.
As per WHO – Cancer mortality can be reduced if cases are detected and treated early. This involves early diagnosis.
Every 1 in 4 men and every 1 in 3 women are bound to get cancer in their lifetime. (Source: American cancer Society)
Vast underserved populations from rural & tribal areas of Thane &Palghar districts of Maharashtra remain vulnerable due to geographical gaps in the availability of cancer treatment, low literacy, early detection, high cost of treatment and palliative care services.
Hence Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute conducts regular camps in the rural & tribal areas of Thane & Palghar districts of Maharashtra. The hospital’s consultants have been regularly visiting various parts of India to diagnose cancer at early stages and advising appropriate treatment to the patient sat free/ concessional rates.
Rakesh Kumar Verma, 62 years comes from a poor family of Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. There are 10 family members in his family – wife, 1 son who is married and has a child. His family income is Rs. 48,000 annually.
A year ago, Rakesh was diagnosed with Oral Cancer and he utilized his savings in his treatment. Rakesh was now penniless to spend for his further treatment and marriage of his 3 daughters.
He came to our cancer screening in Uttar Pradesh where he was advised for Oral Cancer Surgery at our hospital where we waived off some of our charges, took support from HelpAge India and in this way, we successfully operated Rakesh. Rakesh has now recovered and has returned happily to his village.