Our second cancer screening camp was conducted on November 5th & 6th in Ponnavaram, Andhra Pradesh. This camp was conducted along with a general health screening camp. The participation from the surrounding villages and Ponnavaram community was extremely positive. This camp would not have been possible without the help of volunteers, well wishers and family. I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks to all those who made this camp a success.
The misconceptions regarding cancer in rural India continue to be a big challenge. People in rural India are afraid to get screened for cancer as they feel their recourse for treatment is limited. This is certainly not true as the health insurance provided by the government to low income groups completely covers cancer treatment at leading cancer treatment hospitals. Spreading awareness is vital in eliminating these misconceptions. My hope is that by creating awareness about early diagnosis and treatment options, we can continue to make impact in fighting this dreadful disease.
Created awareness around cancer and the early detection of cancer
Screened approximately 667 people.
Detected cancer in 5 people.
Provided options for further testing and treatment to patients – Further tests and treatment costs will be covered by a government sponsored health plan.
Paved way for additional camps in partnership with local non-profits.