On the occasion of the World Cancer Day (February 4), the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) launched Rise Against Cancer mobile app. Supported by Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC) and Roche Products (India) Private Limited, this app aims to bridge gap, foster awareness, and unite communities for a cancer-free future.
According to GLOBOCAN, close to 1.3 million individuals are diagnosed with cancer annually, nearly 800 thousand succumbed to the disease in 2020. Recognizing this alarming statistic, ICS has set a mission to reach 50 per cent of the total adult population within the next decade, offering accurate information and counselling about cancer to facilitate early detection and cure.
Speaking at the app launch Dr Urvashi Prasad, Director of Niti Aayog and a distinguished public health professional, who is battling stage-4 lung cancer said, “In the Asian and South Asian regions, the complexity of cancer becomes even more pronounced. With over 200 distinct diseases, many of us, even those deeply involved in health and medicine, are unaware of the breadth of its types and impacts. It’s unrealistic to expect widespread awareness among the general population without concerted efforts. This is why initiatives like the Rise Against Cancer app are so vital. It’s a significant step toward empowering individuals with the knowledge they need, no matter where they are or what language they speak.”
Says Usha Thorat, National Managing Trustee of the Indian Cancer Society, “Cancer remains a pressing global health challenge, impacting the lives of millions in India and around the world. The proactive initiative by the ICS Delhi branch leverages the potential of mobile technology to offer comprehensive information and guidance to those affected by cancer and their families. On behalf of the National Managing Committee of the ICS, we take great pleasure in launching this distinctive app today, accessible in five languages – Hindi, English, Kannada, Marathi, and Bengali. Anticipate more features and languages to be seamlessly integrated in the coming phases.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Jyotsna Govil, Chairperson of the ICS Delhi Branch, remarked, “The Rise Against Cancer app is envisioned to empower individuals affected by cancer, allowing them to take charge of their health. Featuring diverse sections such as an information hub, resource library, events, community and support groups, along with a dedicated news and updates section, the app is currently accessible in five languages, covering information on four types of cancer at this stage.”