CPAA: Cancer Detection & Cancer Awareness Programmes in India CPAA: Cancer Detection & Cancer Awareness Programmes in India
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In India, the most common cancers are oral cancers in men, and cervical and breast cancer in women. These cancers are curable if detected at an early stage and cervical cancer is preventable. It is hence imperative that people be educated regarding cancer in order to prevent it or detect it at a precancerous stage. This triggered CPAA’s efforts to raise awareness and promote early detection.

CPAA conducts awareness programmes at schools, colleges, factories, hotels, residential localities and offices, emphasising the correlation between tobacco usage and oral and lung cancers; and infections with high-risk Human Papilloma Viruses and cervical cancer. The lectures and open forum programmes are reinforced by targeted brochures, posters and educational literature. 3,00,000 people have been reached in schools, colleges, offices, factories, residential locations. 

Information: CPAA compiles and creates informative cancer brochures, to understand and a quick reference guide to patients, caregivers including laymen. Brochures on Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Diet and Cancer, Leukemia, Lymphedema, Lung cancer, Ovarian cancer, Tobacco related Oral/Lung cancers, Prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, Chemotherapy and Radiation are provided in English, Hindi, Marathi and Bengali languages at various hospital and treatment centers. The brochures elaborate on symptoms, risk factors, treatment options etc and are endorsed and approved by concerned expert oncologists. CPAA's 'Sahayata' is a quick reference resource handbook containing contacts of community help and welfare services pertaining to cancer-related issues.

Infomercials And Short Films: Over the years several advertising agencies and publishing houses have come forward to help us raise awareness about critical issues pertaining to tobacco consumption and cancer in general by creating short films, infomercials and posters. The efforts have won us several awards and accolades worldwide, and have thus signaled the organisation's seriousness in dealing with tobacco issues and policies. click to view

Lectures And Open Forums : CPAA's cancer awareness lectures educate about the correlation between lifestyles and cancer. Lectures are given in English or a local regional language at schools, colleges, factories, hotels, residential localities and offices. Cancer is explained with the help of pertinent presentations giving facts about risk factors, myths, specific cancers - early signs / symptoms, statistics of prevalence and prevention, posters and brochures to portray a realistic picture about cancer and help remove the perceived stigma.

Efforts are made to reach areas and groups that are inaccessible or unapproachable. Target groups are School and College students for awareness of the ill-effects of Tobacco; Women's groups for Breast and Cervical cancer awareness; in-mates of Jails/Prisons; Personnel and families of the Armed forces; blue-collar workers etc. The message is reinforced in innovative ways like skits, surveys, posters, drawing or slogan writing competitions, mass pledges. Special programs are organised to mark events like World Cancer Day, International Womens' Day, International Womens' Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, etc

Tobacco Cessation Program: 'Quit Tobacco For Life': Today’s laws have made it mandatory for corporates to enforce a tobacco free workplace. However, CPAA believes that it is in the employer’s interest to help employees to quit voluntarily rather than have it forced upon them. Smoking has an adverse effect on your employees’ health and results in loss of productivity; hence the use of effective workplace smoking cessation initiatives will result in measurable benefits in terms of health, social and economic gains. CPAA's Tobacco Free Workplace program starts with an awareness lecture to explain the dangers of smoking, causal relationship with cancer and strategies used by the tobacco industry to promote addiction. The information is related in a scientific, non threatening manner, providing education on the deleterious effects of tobacco on health, benefits of quitting and providing motivation. Introductory training on Tobacco cessation is imparted to the employee population per se without segregating tobacco users. Users are invited to contact us through email, mobile or personal visit to our office at Mumbai, directly or through their HR department.

Cancer Screening: CPAA runs a diagnostic clinic and pathology lab at Naigaon, Mumbai, and a state-of-the-art Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based Human Papilloma Virus detection laboratory at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai.

Free cancer screening clinics are conducted at Naigaon once a week and on-site at subsidised rates in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and throughout India. 2,91,598 healthy individuals screened have been screened at the 7,491 camps and clinics conducted to date from a cross section of the society to include: Various community groups, social service organisations, churches, underprivileged groups, families in residential localities, corporates, blue-collared workers, teachers and parents at schools and colleges, and the staff and families of civil services and armed forces. 528 cancer patients were detected and advised further tests and treatment.

The HPV Laboratory Project undertaken by CPAA is the first of its kind to be started by a NGO in India. As a part of its CSR initiative, Mazgaon Dock Ltd., a Public Sector Undertaking under the Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence, Government of India has sponsored the setting up of a CPAA's HIGH RISK ONCOGENIC HPV SCREENING LABORATORY in Mumbai. They have also set up a fund to provide free HPV test for 5,000 women including underprivileged women for screening risk, early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. Email to organise or sponsor a camp.