Around The Globe – Feb 2019
Sue Boucher, a woman diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, has joined hands with Macmillan Cancer Support in a campaign to promote proper talk about cancer. According to Boucher, some things may sound positive but have a negative undertone to them. “I think it is just a lack of understanding, subconsciously they don’t want to upset you and want to be positive but it just comes out the wrong way,” says Boucher. She refuses to associate herself with words like “hero,” “brave” or “victim” when talking about her fight with cancer.
BEATING THE RARE CANCER
Thea Wilson, a woman from Shropshire, UK, has become the face of a national campaign after surviving an aggressive form of leukaemia. Five years ago, Wilson was diagnosed with promyelocytic leukaemia, a rare form of acute myeloid leukaemia. By February 2015, she was told that she was in remission, and has since then taken part in a number of major sporting events and has raised more than 10,000 pounds for cancer charities. She has now become the poster girl for Cancer Research UK’s National Cancer Day campaign.
I AM & I WILL
February 4 is commemorated as World Cancer Day around the world. People extend their support to cancer campaigns and raise awareness about risks and preventive measures. The theme chosen for 2019 is #IamandIwill; it calls for a full-on battle against the deadly disease, pressing governments to take more action and making medical care available to more patients. Many cancer awareness activities were held in different parts of the world on account of this day.
YAKSHAGANA TO THE RESCUE
The Department of Haematology and Oncology, KMC Hospital, along with Lions Club Kadri Hills, Mangaluru, the Indian Medical Association, Mangaluru, and Association of Medical Consultants, Mangaluru organised a Yakshagana session to spread awareness about cancer. The event saw the participation of doctors and amateur yakshagana artists, who performed the story written by Dr Annyya Kulal. It was a novel way of spreading cancer awareness through the traditional art form of yakshagana, a type of theatre that has its origins in Karnataka.
SARPANCHS TURN CANCER WARRIORS
Ahead of World Cancer Day, the BLK Specialty Hospital felicitated village sarpanchs who contributed to cancer awareness by sensitising 100 families to the issue. The village heads played a critical role in convincing these families to attend the seminars, talks and cancer screening camps organised by the hospital. The campaign started in December 2018, and has so far successfully covered 65 villages. It has also roped in the help of teachers from outer Delhi and Haryana.