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Amrit Cancer Foundation and World Cancer Care Charitable Society, under their early cancer detection and awareness campaign, organised a daylong camp at IMA complex in Sector 35 Chandigarh on Monday. A multi-vehicle state of the art mobile hospital from the United Kingdom was deployed to carry out more than 400 tests free of charge.

Emotions welled up as Punjab Governor and UT Chandigarh Administrator Mr. V. P. Singh Badnore addressed a gathering to mark the inauguration of a charitable early detection and awareness camp for cancer on Monday. Fond memories of his mentor and BJP stalwart Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former Vice-President of India and three time Chief Minister of Rajasthan, came streaming in. He had died of cancer. “I served as MLA for four terms under his blessings. He was very fond of chewing tobacco. And though he lived for 80 years, the substance habit finally snuffed the life out of him,” Mr Badnore added.

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The governor shared these thoughts to underscore the importance of generating awareness among the people about the ill effects of substance misuse, leading up to cancer. “Habits are very difficult to leave, but with advancements in science there are many alternatives and remedies available to habitual substance users and we must make concerted efforts to convince them to leave such bad habits before it is too late,” he averred.

According to Mr. H. S. Sabharwal, managing trustee of the Amrit Cancer Foundation, 425 people, men and women in equal numbers, availed of the various tests being offered on the occasion, including Digital Mammograms for Breast Cancer, Pap Smear for Cervix Cancer, Oral Cancer detection test and PSA for
Prostate cancer.

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This is the 70th mobile camp organised since 2011. We held one such camp in Panchkula on March 22. All the other camps have been held in cities, towns and villages in Punjab since the office of the World Cancer Care Charitable Society headed by UK-based Dr Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal is based out of Jalandhar. “We will return to the city in September for an extended camp of six days,” he added.

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