“From Nature comes the disease and from Nature alone shall come the cure”
Cancer is the disease which knows no boundaries. It doesn’t discriminate and affects all of us either directly or indirectly.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, causing 8.2 million deaths per year. Out of which, four million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years.) What concerns us more is the statistics that predict the increase in deaths due to cancer to 19.3 million in the year 2025, compared to 14.1 million in 2012.
However, we know that more than one-third of these deaths due to cancer is preventable and if detected early on, is curable. Another fact is that the economic cost of cancer far outweighs the cost of investing in preventive measures.
Taking these two facts into account, urgent actions need to be taken to fight the disease on all fronts.
“Alternative Healing Therapies” gives us an ideal opportunity to create awareness amongst the people “How being close to nature can help in the prevention of cancer and lead to a healthy life.” It allows us to clear up negative perceptions and misconceptions about this disease in the minds of people, which compel us to retrospect, study, plan and develop our strategies to address the cancer burden.
To check the spread of this huge epidemic, emphasis should be given to raise awareness about the disease among the general population, media, and health professionals as well.
“National Ayurveda Day” now declared as “Dhanvantri Din” will explore how we can implement what we already know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment, care, and in turn, open up to the exciting prospect that we can impact the global cancer burden for the better.
Despite the constant efforts to achieve the above-mentioned goals, disparities among people from different settings are growing, particularly in access to the prevention, treatment, and palliative care especially in developing countries like India where the economic cost of cancer treatment is unaffordable. Hence awareness should be raised about cancer prevention, adopting a healthy lifestyle, behaviour and on early detection.