HCG EKO Cancer Centre, Kolkata organises Free Health Check-Up and Oral Cancer Screening for taxi drivers

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   August 8, 2022

On the occasion of HCG EKO Cancer Centre’s third anniversary, HCG in association with Bengal Taxi Association organized a one-day Free Health Check-up and Oral Cancer Screening for around 150 taxi drivers and their dependents. The free camp was held on August 6, 2022, at the Bengal Taxi Association, Lansdown Market, Sarat Bose Road, Bhowanipore, Kolkata.

This initiative was aimed at creating awareness, prevention, and detection of general ailments besides oral cancer. The team of oncologists and general physicians diagnosed and provided consultation to the beneficiaries for various health conditions depending on the symptoms, besides holding a detailed screening for oral cancer.

Dr. Rajeev Sharan, HOD & Sr. Consultant, Head and Neck Cancer and Thyroid Surgery, HCG EKO Cancer Centre, Kolkata, said, “We often notice the cases of oral cancer in those in service, transport sector mostly owing to poor lifestyle habits like chewing tobacco, gutkha use, paan chewing, smoking, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, etc. Early diagnosis of oral cancer aids in treating the condition aggressively with near normal function and cosmesis with good quality of life.”

Mr. Arnab S Raha, COO, HCG EKO Cancer Centre, Kolkata said, “We organized this initiative to commemorate HCG’s third year in successfully treating countless cancer patients, backed by eminent oncologists, onco surgeons, and radiologists, guided by state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures in Kolkata. Through this screening programme, all participants were given a detailed diagnosis of their health and were recommended for further tests.”

Oral cancer is a common cancer affecting the oral cavity, including the mouth, gums, tongue, and lips. If not treated on time, the cancer cells mutate and affect other parts of the body. The attendees will be screened for the presence of oral cancer through physical examination, blood tests, and imaging scans.

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