Welcome to the website of Cancer Care India (CACI). CACI, a non-profit registered society, is the apex body of voluntary Cancer Support Groups in the country. This was formed on 26th Nov. 2000 with an aim to promote cancer care activities in India.
Today, cancer is one of the leading issues in medicine all over the world.
There were 12.4 million cases and 7.6 million deaths due to cancer in 2008. By 2020, the total number of new cancer cases expected to rise by 29% in developed countries and by 73% in developing countries. The overall mortality will increase by 104%, and the increase will be five times higher in developing countries than in developed countries. Late stage at diagnosis and limited treatment centres clubbed together in big cities are the two most common cause of this discrepancy. So, there is no wonder that the diagnosis of cancer in an individual has been described as one of the most catastrophic event in the life of not only the patients but also the entire family.
According to an estimate by WHO, 40% of all cancers can be prevented through the three pillars of healthy diet, physical activity and avoidance of tobacco.
In the period of 14 years, the progress of CACI as an association has been tremendous. The Nationwide Cancer Awareness Programme (CAP), jointly launched by CACI & NCC, on 26th May 2003, has been one of the major accomplishments. Free travel in Railway for cancer patients. collaboration with SARC countries, to encourage the support group to start palliative care centre etc, are the immediate past achievements of CACI. The activities related to cancer awareness & education by Cancer Care India are highly appreciated throughout the country.
Therefore, I invite you all to be a part of CACI and support us in our endeavour against cancer.
Dr.Jitendra Kumar Singh
Cancer Care India
It is my honour, as founder president of Cancer Care India (CACI), an apex body for cancer support organizations in the country, to welcome you to our website and briefly acquaint you with our charter and activities.
CACI was founded in November 2000 by people working as volunteers in cancer support organizations, many with a personal experience of cancer.
It was a response to the urgently felt need to come together to combat the growing menace of cancer in our country. While currently it is estimated that there are 15-20 lakh of people with cancer at any one time, with 8 lakh being added every year, by 2010 the numbers are expected to double. The majority, sadly, come with late stage disease.
Accordingly, the first task that CACI set itself was to alert people to the early warning signs of cancer. Towards this end, it joined hands with the National Cadet Corps (NCC), an organization with the largest disciplined youth force in the world, and launched a nation wide cancer awareness programme in May 2003. Numerous workshops and quiz competitions have been held since then to inform NCC cadets and motivate them to spread the message of cancer awareness and early detection as part of their community development programmes. I am happy to say that these have now become regular feature of NCC activity.
Member groups of CACI, currently 27 in number representing 13 states and union territories of India and one in Kathmandu, Nepal, are also to be congratulated for the various beneficial programmes they run for those affected by cancer. These help cope more effectively with their disease and its treatment, regain a sense of normalcy and also strengthen the will to live and fight back.
I am confident that with the setting up of a website, CACI will be able to reach out to many more people and organizations who share our purpose and mission. We urge you to join ands with us for we can not do it alone.
Cancer Care India