Mysuru, November 20:- World Lung Cancer Awareness Month was jointly organised by Basudev Somani College and Karnataka Kidney Health Foundation, Mysuru, at Kuvempunagar here on Monday.
An autobiography of Dr Paul Kalanidhi, a doctor who succumbed to cancer which has been translated to Kannada by Dr D C Nanjunda was released to mark the occasion.
Prof S Rangappa, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore, who inaugurated the programme, spoke on the researches done in Europe, America and China to find treatment and added that until now, there is no proven cure found to prevent this disease yet.
He spoke on the need of collaboration within a team of doctors, scientists, molecular biologists and chemists to work together to find any breakthrough in the field to successfully take it from animal testing to clinical testing.
Dr Ravi Krishnappa, Consultant Oncologist, JSS Hospital, Mysuru, gave a detailed power-point presentation to the students present on the occasion and interacted with about 300 students present on the occasion.
Dr Bhargavi D Hemmige, Head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Mysuru, regretted that even though supply, sale and distribution of cigarettes and other products are prohibited within 2 km limits of schools and colleges under Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Act of 2003, one can see many tea stalls who sell cigarettes, that too loose cigarettes which will encourage the students to indulge in smoking. “We all collectively as stakeholders should do our bit to see that these sellers are booked under section 6 of the IPC,” she added.
She also spoke about surrogate advertising which needs to be contained.
B S Shruthi, a writer and a bone cancer survivor from Shivamogga, spoke about her experiences and how she was inspired by Dr Paul Kalanidhi who was a young doctor when succumbed to cancer at a very young age. She released his autobiography.
Prof. M Mahadevaiah, Principal Basudev Somani College, and Dr Puttawamy, Managing Trustee along with a host of teachers and students were present on the occasion. (MR)