In alarmingly revelations, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma informed the State of Meghalaya ranked number one in cases of esophagus cancer in the country.
Meghalaya and specifically East Khasi Hills is ranked at number two in the country in the incidence of cancer cases, Sangma told a gathering at U Soso Tham Auditorium, Shillong on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister said “when it comes to esophagus cancer, we are at the number one and this is how serious the problem is and that is why the government, the society and all of us have a very important responsibility in our shoulders to see that the number of cancer cases in the state come down and ensure that lives are saved and lifespan of the citizens increased.”
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Sangma said that the approach of the government towards health of a person is looking at the entire lifespan of a person right from conception and not only at just providing treatment when a person is ill.
He also said that they have to realize that a large part of Health comes from lifestyle and early detection not only in Cancer but all other diseases.
Sangma urged the citizens from Meghalaya especially East Khasi Hills that “we need to take this seriously and if detected early 80 percent of cancer cases are curable hence it is absolutely necessary that screening and detection must take place.”