SOA, Bhubaneswar, May 29: Cancer, the second leading cause of death with an estimated 18 million cases around the world, continues to stalk mankind but it is possible to keep the dreaded ailment at bay by avoiding risk factors and regular screening, an expert said here on Wednesday.
“Usually when cancer is detected, it is very late and very little can be done. But cancer development is not a very sudden process as it requires conversion of normal to abnormal tissue and takes months and years to advance,” Dr. Manoj Kumar Sahu, Head of the department of Gastroenterology at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, said.
Dr. Sahu, who was speaking at a programme organised by the hospital in partnership with the World Gastroenterology Organisation to mark the ‘World Digestive Health Day’, said there were identified risk factors for cancer development. “Modifying or avoiding key risk factors, early detection, screenings and treatment can reduce the number of deaths caused by cancer,” he said.
As per the National Cancer Registry, more than 1300 people die every day due to cancer in India, he said adding four of the top seven common cancers related to the digestive system.
Gastric cancers were most commonly found in southern and eastern India and cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, gall bladder and pancreas were commonly found in Odisha, Dr. Sahu said.
The theme for the World Digestive Health Day this year is ‘Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancer’.
Symptoms and signs in the early stage of developing cancer need to be picked up to diagnose the disease for complete cure, he said adding difficulty in swallowing, loss of appetite, weight loss, blood in stool etc could indicate the possibility of cancer in the gastrointestinal tract.
Dr. Pushparaj Samantasinhar, Medical Superintendent of IMS and SUM Hospital, Dr. Jimmy Narayan, Gastroenterologist, Dr. Sunil Agarwal, Oncologist, Dr. Amitabh Jena, Oncologist, Dr. Sourav Mishra, Oncologist, who were present, emphasized on prevention and diagnosis of the gastrointestinal cancer.
The experts said smoking and using tobacco in any form triggered cancer in different parts of the body. Besides, consumption of alcohol, salted, spicy, processed and preserved food, soda and smoked meat could cause cancer in the gastrointestinal tract.
Besides, obesity caused cancers of the esophagus, proximal stomach and liver. Diet with a lot of fiber can prevent colon cancer while intake of vegetables, fruits and pulses provided protection against the disease, they said.
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) Deemed to be University’s achievements in a nutshell
Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan Deemed to be University here retained the 24th position it had obtained in 2018 to occupy the top spot in the university category in Odisha as the rankings for institutions of higher education for 2019 were announced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday.
In the rankings conducted through the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) and released by the President, Mr. Ramnath Kovind, SOA was placed 24th in the university category the place it held in 2018 and 41st among overall institutions of higher education in the country.
With this, SOA, which was conferred with the status of a Deemed to be University by the UGC in 2007 (repeat 2007), has remained the top institution in the university category in Odisha for the fourth consecutive year. Against the score of 49.59 it had registered in 2018, SOA continued to shine by securing 50.31 this year.
The Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, faculty of medical sciences of SOA, was ranked 21st in the country to be the top ranked medical college in the state.
SOA’s faculty of engineering and technology, Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), which entered the ranking process for the first time this year was ranked 32nd in the country behind National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (16th) and IIT, Bhubaneswar (17th).
SOA is proud to be associated with 9 degree granting institutes, which has a whopping strength of 10,000 students. The institute leaves no stone unturned in providing quality education in the field of medicine, engineering & technology, dental sciences, management sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, law, nursing, hospitality, tourism management and agriculture. SOA keeps on updating its curriculum from time to time as per the latest industry trends and believes in providing education to students with a holistic approach.
The department of Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering and technology of SOA, has now become the 4th institute in the country to get 3 of its programs accredited by the reputed Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), USA.
Adding yet another feather to its glowing cap, SOA has been ranked third in the country in the Swachh Campus Ranking for 2018 conducted by the HRD ministry. This shows the commitment and dedication of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan’s vision to work towards the skill development of students and betterment of the society.
- 127 Acres campus
- 4,47,395 sqm. Built-up Area
- 13 Research Centres
- 38 Research Labs
- 197 e-Enabled Classrooms
- State-of-the-art 1400-seat auditorium alongside four other auditoria
- 10 Student Activity Centres
- Multiple ISP Connectivity (more than 2 Gbps)
- Fully Wi-Fi Campus
- 37 National Collaborations
- 127 International Collaborations
- High-end Multi-disciplinary Research in Emerging Areas
- Fully Automated Libraries with Ample Print Learning Resources
- Adequate e-Resources with e-Databases
- Fellowship for Doctoral & Post-Doctoral Programmes
- Scholarship for Meritorious Students
This shows the capability and willingness of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan to provide quality education to students and conduct ground-breaking research work in various fields. SOA has been expanding and new disciplines are on the anvil. But the principal objective remains to ensure that students, while training to be professionals, value their own lives as that of others.
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