K10K Run – Cancer Awareness Run by Kauvery Hospital
Over 3500 participants took part in the run to raise awareness on Cancer
- An initiative to raise awareness on Early Detection of Cancer
- The run comprised two categories- 10 Km and 5 Km respectively
Chennai, 29th January 2023 : Ahead of World Cancer Day (which falls on Feb 4th ), Kauvery Hospital Chennai org anized a Run to spread Cancer awareness on Sunday at the Olcott Memorial Higher Secondary School, Besant N agar. The initiative had both 10 km and 5 km categories. Over 3500 participants which included fitness enthusia sts, professional runners, families, corporate employees, and students volunteered to show their support for can cer awareness.
Cancer is one of the most dreaded disease across the world. However, with advanced treatments and technologi es cancer is now treatable. “Though there has been an increase in diagnostics and screening facilities, the aware ness on regular screening is still lacking among many. In its early stages, the symptoms may not be too intense or one cannot feel any pain, and hence certain symptoms like persistent ulcers, prolonged cough, blood in stools, lu mp in the breast or change of voice, white discharge in women, etc are often overlooked. In some cases, cancer is detected during a regular health checkup, where the individual may not have realized the symptoms. Therefo re awareness on the symptoms, early detection, and diagnosis are key to improving the survival rates of Cancer. We wanted to create this awareness among the public, through the cancer awareness run. I thank the participan ts for supporting a good cause.,” says Dr. A.N. Vaidhyswaran, Director Radiation Oncology, Kauvery Hospital Ch ennai.
(L-R) Dr Aravindan Selvaraj Co Founder and Executive Director Kauvery Hospital, Winner from 10K category, Dr Vaidhyswaran, Director Radiation Oncology Kauvery Hospital, Dr Iyappan Ponnuswamy Medical Director Kau very Hospital at the K10K Run – Cancer Awareness Run
“Cancer care has seen a lot of advancements in recent years, and we have a multi-modality and individualized ap proach in the treatments. We are constantly trying to create awareness on cancer, and this is the first time we h ave organized a run with a massive gathering. Our main aim is to create awareness on the prevention and early d etection of Cancer. We are pleased to see such an overwhelming response to the noble cause. Through this run, we also encourage people to make fitness a part of their routine. I appreciate all the runners for their enthusiast ic participation, and I extend my gratitude to the Chennai Traffic Police and the Greater Chennai Corporation for their support,” says Dr. Aravindan Selvaraj, Co-Founder, and Executive Director Kauvery Hospital Chennai.
The 10 Km run was flagged off by Dr. Prithika Chary, Senior Consultant Neurologist & Neurosurgeon & Chief Ne urologist, also a Cancer Survivor. Speaking about the initiative she said, “In December 2016 I was detected to ha ve cancer Rectum Grade 3 during my routine health checkup.I had typical symptoms of immense fatigue, alterna ting diarrhoea & constipation & frequent abdominal pain & bloating for the previous 3 months. Even being a doc tor I ignored this & thought I was tired because I was doing too much. My Hb on routine MHC was 7 G & then we could connect everything. My cancer was Grade 3 but if I did the checkup 6 months earlier it might have been a l ower grade. I was lucky! And I am a survivor with good quality of life.Routine health checkups can diagnose & pi ck up many cancers early. Don’t ignore any unusual symptoms – just go for a master health checkup. Risk factors for cancer rectum are age over 60 yrs, obesity, diabetes, genetics, positive family history. Act today – don’t ignore symptoms – see your doctor – early detection is treatable.”
The 10 km run had winners from both men and women categories spanning across age groups such as 16-35, 31 -45, 45-60 and above 60 years of age. The run also had a mammobus stationed at the venue which provided free mammogram screenings for women above 40 years of age. The Mammo Bus will be stationed at different locali ties such as the Madras High court, Nokia office, Tidel Park, Ashok Leyland, RAPRA, RA Puram till 9th February 2023, in a phased manner.