Cancer has been perceived to be a dreadful disease, the name itself creates ripples in the individual. The idea itself creates an awful picture of a monster that is omnipotent to engulf the whole body like the famous Arabian camel, once allowed to put the neck inside. Pain, disability poverty and squalor are the scenes that haunt our minds once we hear about cancer. However we are in general not told the success stories due to early diagnosis and/or of the proper treatment, that leads to decades of healthy and happy life and the occurrence of cancer goes into oblivion like an unpleasant dream. There are umpteen numbers of stories that encourage the medical world to lay stress on upon early diagnosis and proper treatment of cancer.

The Director of SJC Hassan Rev Fr Roshan David Periera along with the Director of CMSS (Chickmangalore Multipurpose Social Service Society), Rev Fr Marcel Pinto and Rev. Fr. Shanthraj organised a Cancer Awareness Programme for the students of our college on 4th February 2020. Around 200 students of a college actively took part in this awareness program and even volunteered themselves to be a part of the cancer awareness programs which will be taking place in the future.

Between 30-50% of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer. National policies and programmes should be implemented to raise awareness, to reduce exposure to cancer risk factors and to ensure that people are provided with the information and support they need to adopt healthy lifestyles.