Assam Cancer Care Foundation to roll out state-wide awareness and cancer detection initiative on World Cancer Day

ACCF will observe World Cancer Day in various locations across Assam with awareness activities and facilitate free of cost cancer education and screening at ACCF's wellness kiosks and at community level

Guwahati, February 03, 2021: On the occasion of World Cancer day on February 04, Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), an initiative of the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts, has announced a free of cost, one month long awareness and cancer detection initiative across the state of Assam.

The initiative will screen people for oral, breast and cervical cancers at the community level, and Swasth Assam Kiosks managed and run by ACCF.

In alignment with Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)'s theme, this year, "I Am and I Will", ACCF aims to create awareness that it is possible to win against cancer.

As per experience of outreach teams of ACCF, 70% of the cases reach out for medical help at an advanced stage, which result in higher morbidity and mortality rates. The Government of Assam, in partnership with Tata Trusts, had initiated a distributed cancer care model by bringing world class credible cancer care facilities closer to people's homes in Assam, and making it more accessible. Accessible and affordable cancer treatments will be the mainstay of ACCF's three-level cancer grid model in the state.

Emphasising on early detection, Dr. Sajal Sen, Chief Operating Officer of ACCF urged the people of Assam to get their health checkup done periodically. He said, "It is important for all to understand that majority of cancers are curable when detected early. ACCF provides health checkup of common NCDs – hypertension, diabetes, oral, breast and cervical health at Swasth Assam Kiosks located in medical colleges at Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur and Diphu. Many more such screening facilities are likely to be operationalized in due course.".

The comprehensive cancer care infra structure and equipping are on full swing at various locations, such as Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kokrajhar, Darang, Diphu and Silchar. All these locations will have high end radiation centers as well, so that people do not have to go far away and queue up.

In order to provide immediate services to patients, ACCF has daycare centres for chemotherapy at medical college premises of Dibrugarh, Diphu and Barpeta. The state sponsored free-of-cost facilities are supported with state-of-the-art infrastructure and experienced oncologists.

Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, Chief Executive of Tata Trusts' cancer care programme, said, "Earlier people dropped treatment midway due to lack of funds or being unable to travel long distances to the hospitals. We are happy that people from remote locations have benefitted from these centres and are even able to reduce out of pocket expenses."

Besides these facilities, ACCF also has Palliative Care Units in the medical college premises of Dibrugarh, Jorhat and at State Cancer Institute - Guwahati, where patients in pain and distress are being cared for.

ACCF has been assisting the state run programme in the prevention of certain cancers caused by poor lifestyle choices. Tobacco control programmes; screening through National Health Mission programmes, camps and screening kiosks; health promotion drives; training of staff involved in screening at Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs), Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), District Hospitals (DHs) are being carried out in the catchment areas.

About ACCF

ACCF (Assam Cancer Care Foundation) is an initiative of Government of Assam and Tata Trusts. This special purpose vehicle has been created to deliver three-tier comprehensive cancer care network in the state and provide accessible and affordable care for the denizens. These facilities are strategically located to ensure that every person in the state has access to the full suite of treatment without having to travel too far from their base.

The facilities will be digitally enabled by DiNC (Digital Nerve Centre) that has been set up within the premises of State Cancer Institute (SCI) in Guwahati. DiNC will open new communication touch points to connect the three-tier hospital network in real time, for delivery of virtual cancer care through consistent and continuous expert clinical support.