Creating awareness amongst the people about cancer and Eye diseases and importance of early detection by timely screening of
Early Diagnosis of Cancer and Eye diseases like Glaucoma, Cataract & Diabetic Retinopathy. These diseases can be controlled if diagnosed and treated at an early stage.
Providing a complete comprehensive Cancer and Eye checkup service free or at a very nominal cost to poor and middle class people.
Eye screening for Glaucoma, Cataract & Diabetic Retinopathy and age related Macular Degeneration and others.
Gynecological Examination including Breast check-up and Pap smear by a Gynecologist (for Women)
Complete Physical Check-up along with Prostate Examination by a surgeon (for Men).
ENT Examination, Oral Cancer screening etc.
Routine Blood test of CBC, Random Blood Sugar.
The holy grail of cancer treatment is early detection. Unfortunately this is easier said than done. Ignorance especially among the lower socioeconomic classes leads to this disease festering and reaching a stage where it becomes incurable. Even when the diagnosis is done, the economic conditions make it impossible for the people to access diagnosis leave alone treatment. Even in urban areas where care is accessible, women tend to neglect the early signs and don’t consider cancer screening as priority until it’s offered at their doorstep.
If we look at breast cancer one of the commonest cancer in India in women, few things are striking
1. Rising incidence
An analysis of Cancer cases among women in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore from 1982 to 2005 shows that the incidence of Breast Cancer has nearly doubled in metropolitan cities.
The figures above represent incidence per 1 Lakh women in %
India’s National Health Profile 2010 predicts that by 2020, Breast Cancer will affect 1.24 Lakh women across India.
2. Age shift
More women in their 30s and 40s are getting the disease. Younger people often have more aggressive disease. It also has a great social cost as families are devastated by loss of a young mother.
Breast Cancer in India
3. Late Diagnosis
consequently decreased survival. While in the US, 75% women were detected early and consequently 89% stood a chance of surviving beyond 5 years, the figures in India are abysmal. It is estimated that less than 60% got detected early. There is lack of awareness and screening facilities in the country.
Hence there is a screaming need for...
Better screening facilities
Accessible and affordable cancer care
4. Screen Detection Cure
Vision - To achieve an early detection leading to increased cure rates.
As is obvious from the above, cancer if detected early is curable in a large number of people.
5. Ophthalmic Screening
Our eyes are said to be the window of our souls. Our Vision is one of the most important senses allowing us to interact & enjoy the beautiful world. Many times, however awareness about potential vision problems is very poor in not only rural but also our urban areas.
Cataract is the commonest cause of vision loss in the elderly. Diseases like Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and age related Macular degeneration can cause gradual loss of vision in one or both eyes silently. Many times patients themselves are unaware about this visual loss.
Timely Eye screening helps in the early diagnosis of these conditions enabling institution of the correct treatment so that precious vision is saved. We regularly conduct Eye screening camp to check vision, Cataract, Glaucoma and Retinal disorders.
Through its project Hope, Smiles & Sunshine, GKCT aims at creating awareness among the people about various eye diseases via public lectures. We aim at actual screening of the masses for preventable & treatable eye disorders so that timely diagnosis can facilitate early institution of treatment thereby saving vision.
We propose to take cancer detection and Eye Screening to the people's doorstep especially in the Thane district. The rural areas in and around Dombivli & Kalyan are the focus areas as there are very few services available in this region. We hope to do atleast 4 cancer detection camps a month and screen atleast 1000 men & women for various cancers.