Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for extensive and path breaking research for in the filed of cancer treatment.
Delivering the key note address at the graduation ceremony of Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai on Monday, Naidu called cancer a major public health concern and said that greater awareness and early detection remained very critical for reducing the occurrence of the deadly disease.
Calling cancer a costly disease, Naidu said a better understanding of the likely causes and early detection can help reduce the disease burden in our country.
“You must also explore ancient Indian medical systems like Ayurveda for alternative solutions. We should see if there are some indigenous cost-effective solutions that may be useful to make cancer treatment more affordable”, he said.
Naidu pitched for yoga training for maintaining a better lifestyle.
“I would like to emphasise that Yoga is a holistic approach to healthy living and there is evidence that it enhances the well being and quality of life”.
For treatment of cancer patients, Naidu called for increase in the number of palliative care centres to provide relief from pain and emotional distress to suffering patients.
The Vice President also asked the government, media and doctors to promote measures that can help in preventing cancer. He said that awareness was needed about the available treatments of the deadly disease.