Thousands participate in marathon organised to spread cancer awareness in Mumbai

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 13:30 hrs

More than twelve thousand people, belonging to various age-groups, ran together on the streets of Mumbai to spread awareness about the fatal disease of cancer.

The event had three different categories of race for children, senior citizens and adults.

The first category for children and adults has comprised a race of four kilometers, second and third category for young adults was of a ten and 21 kilometers.

"Our rotary has organised this race for cancer awareness. It is very important to spread awareness about this disease in our country as it has gripped our nation to a large extent because we lack sufficient knowledge about cancer," said Bhagwati M Ahuja, an organiser and a doctor.

In a bid to control the disease, the Central Government had launched a National Cancer Control Programme in 1975 and had revised its strategies in 1984-85.

Most cancers are curable, but their detection at a later stage makes the treatment tough and costly. (ANI)

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