Roko Cancer Charitable Trust
‘Roko’ in Punjabi or Hindi means to ‘STOP’. Cancer is universally perceived as the most rapacious killer of human existence. Roko Cancer, therefore, in vernacular means ‘Stop Cancer’.
With this as the central idea, Roko Cancer Charitable Trust is committed to identifying and eliminating BREAST, CERVICAL AND ORAL cancer in an institutionalised and structured manner by creating awareness amongst women of the nuances of this dreadful disease and its early detection through screening processes and self examinations.
It is believed that detection of cancer in stage one has almost 90 percent chance of survival whereas it has an almost zero percent chance of cure in stage four. The anthem therefore is that “cancer if detected early can be defeated easy”.
Apropos the above, Roko Cancer Charitable Trust was set up in 2005, primarily for spreading awareness and early detection of Breast Cancer by a London based NRI of distinction and vision, Mr. APS Chawla. Mr. Chawla himself had gone through the excruciating trauma of his wife’s untimely demise at the hands of breast cancer. To save precious lives he emerged like a phoenix from the ambers of his personal grief and translated his tragedy into a relentless crusade against breast cancer, so that others may not go through the anguish and ignominy due to sheer ignorance.
Objectives of Roko Cancer
With such alarming and mind boggling estimates staring us coldly in the face , and harbinger of things to come, Mr. Chawla created the ’Roko Cancer Charitable’ Trust with specific objectives to help women help themselves in keeping cancer at bay . While ignorance is normally bliss, in this case it is a curse!
Hence it is not all doom and gloom. We at Roko Cancer have waged a crusade towards eliminating Cancer. I take this opportunity to apprise you about the activities of our Trust, Roko Cancer. As the name suggests, ‘Roko’ means ‘Stop’ and hence the mission of our Trust is to detect, halt and eventually eradicate cancer from society. We consider even ‘one tiny step as a giant leap’ if we are able to save a single life through our effort. By this token, we have had a remarkable success record in our campaign.
Our Trust has been a pioneer in launching India’s first fully equipped, sophisticated Mobile Cancer Detection Units. This gives us the flexibility of conducting “Mammograms” and “Pap Smear/LBC” tests for women and “Oral Cancer Tests and counseling for de-addiction” for men in various urban, semi urban and rural areas. In our drive we have conducted 4,200‘Awareness and detection’ camps during the period from 2005 to date in 20 States and Union Territories. Presently, the Mobile Detection Units are equipped to detect Breast, Cervix and Oral cancer. We also do diabetes, ECG and BP investigations/diagnosis as well. Mammography, oral screening operations and pap smears are performed for Breast, Oral and Cervical Cancer screening respectively, by well trained lady doctors who are experts in their field and dedicated to the cause.
From 2005 up to now Roko have carried out about roughly 5,30,364 examinations have been done. On an average 100-150 patients per camp were screened. The ratio came out to be 3-4 suspected positive females for Breast cancer, 2-3 females with high risk for cervical cancer and 7-8 males/females with suspected precancerous lesions for oral cancer.
To learn more about Roko Cancer visit www.rokocancer.org or view the charity’s films and documentaries on YouTube. Alternatively visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
If you’d like to make a donation, email Nikita Chawla at firstname.lastname@example.org or text ROKO13£10 to 70070
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