Delhi holds walkathon for the cancer affected

February 1st, 2009 - 7:50 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 1, (ANI): Over 3,000 people participated in the annual Cancer Awareness walk here on Sunday. Organized by the Indian Cancer Society the Cancer Walk was flagged off by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The walk was meant to create awareness about cancer and to propagate the fact that there is life after cancer. Sheila Dikshit participated in the awareness program for the third consecutive year and appealed to people to generate confidence in the cancer patients. Held annually, the walk not only aims to spread awareness, but also seeks to celebrate the undying spirit of the cancer survivors. The participants included cancer survivors, families, children suffering from cancer, doctors, National Cadets Corps (NCC) and the Armed Force personnel. Soha Arora who survived breast cancer, said that her zeal to live made her win over this deadly disease. “Today, I counsel the cancer patients and give them moral support. We have to make the cancer affected families to understand that if we keep our will power strong, we can fight with the disease,” said Arora. According to World Health Organization (WHO) reports, more than 11 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, with eight lakh cases being reported in India alone. Cancer causes seven million deaths every year, which is 12.5 per cent of deaths worldwide. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 16 million new cases every year. Cancer is feared to become the leading cause of death worldwide in 2010, passing heart disease. (ANI)

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