January 15, 2011 to January 21, 2011
Cancer is a major public health threat worldwide. It is a killer disease when not detected early and poses burden on patient, families, communities, sectors of the society and the national development of the country. Cancer ranks the third in the ten leading causes of mortality. It is common in all age groups and both sexes with the highest number of deaths among males.
The observance of the National Cancer Consciousness Week focuses on the avoidance of exposure to the risk factors of chronic diseases namely: physical inactivity, improper diet and nutrition, smoking and use of alcohol. Early detection through screening of high risks individual is the primary concern to halt the progress of the disease. Synchronization of efforts towards the prevention and control is done by both public and private institution and organizations.