Like previous years, Bengal Oncology Foundation has been arranged their annual Unique Awareness Program on Cancer with survivors Meet at Birla Sabhaghar. This unique program has consisted of:

Panel discussion is on the topic ‘CAN HEALTHY PEOPLE BE AFFECTED BY CANCER?aiming to increase the level of cancer awareness in Bengal. It is well established that more than half of the cancers are diagnosed at the late stages and the survival is poor. Cancer is usually asymptomatic at the early stages. Thus screenings of normal healthy individuals are necessary to detect cancer at the curable stage. The issues to be discussed include:

• Individuals who are at HIGH RISK for cancer.

• Common WARNING signs of cancer.

• Routine annual tests recommended for men and women.

• Are genetic tests necessary to determine the risk of cancer in healthy persons.

• Prophylactic tests may be costly but are these mandatory.

• Is organ removal in high risk cases asolution.

• Exploitation by corporate possible if common publicget routine tests done regularly.

• Everybody fears cancer but will people agree to bear the cost without any apparent illness.

The audience will consist of about 500 cancer survivors and their families. The panelists will include DR. PradipMitra, DR. SubirGanguly, Ms. Agnimitra Paul, Satyajitchatterjee, Secretary MohonBagan Athletic Club and Ms. RukminiMaitra , Actress & model. The discussion will be moderated by Mr. BadshaMaitra and DR. GautamMukhopadhyay. The discussion will be less on technical aspects, more on socialawareness.

The programme will conclude with a dance drama ‘DhrubajyotiTumiJishu’ by Smt. Alakananda Ray and troupe which symbolises peace………….the life and re- incarnation of Jesus Christ.