Indian Cancer Society unveils ‘Rise Against Cancer’ app, empowering people in the fight against cancer

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A Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against Cancer, the Made in India App aims to enable more than one lakh Indians in the first phase

The ‘Rise Against Cancer’ app offers up-to-date information on various types of cancer, including causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment options in 5 languages- English, Kannada, Hindi, Marathi and Bengali

Bengaluru 5th February 2024 – The Indian Cancer Society (ICS), India’s largest anti-cancer NGO, has announced the launch of its ground-breaking ‘Rise Against Cancer’ mobile app. Supported by Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC) and powered by Roche, the Made in India app aims to bridge gaps, foster awareness, and unite communities for a cancer-free future. The application will be dedicated to empowering individuals and communities in their journey to overcome cancer.

ICS has worked for over seven decades to prevent cancer, provide financial assistance for treatment, and manage life post-treatment. Rise Against Cancer, the latest initiative by ICS, is aimed at addressing concerns and queries of cancer patients, caretakers, and information seekers. The mobile application will offer a wide range of features like easy access to up-to-date information, community support from peers, and local and virtual events amongst others. To align with the World Cancer Day 2024 theme “Close the Care Gap,” ICS has launched this multilingual tool to empower individuals and communities in their fight against cancer.

Mrs. Usha Thorat, National Managing Trustee of the Indian Cancer Society, emphasizedCancer remains a pressing global health challenge, impacting the lives of millions in India and around the world. The proactive initiative by the ICS by launching ‘Rise Against Cancer’ app leverages the potential of mobile technology to offer comprehensive information and guidance to those affected by cancer and their families.”

Appreciating this initiative, Dr Vishal Rao, Director Head and Neck Oncology, Robotic Surgery, HCG Cancer Centre, Bengaluru said: “Indian Cancer Society’s app beautifully connects the world from prevention to palliation. I appreciate their profound effort in curating authentic information. In this age of misinformation, sharing genuine knowledge is crucial. Grateful for their dedication in enabling better cancer care outcomes.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Jyotsna Govil, Chairperson of ICS Delhi Branch, remarked, “In response to specific insights gleaned from community needs and the current demand, ICS has meticulously crafted this mobile application. 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.

To mark this historic occasion Kishore Rao – Chairman of ICS Karnataka said: “Very often lack of information, or even wrong information, on a subject like Cancer can cause avoidable distress. At a time when a shocking diagnosis has just been received it is imperative that a patient or her caregivers get correct and complete information at one place. This is also one of the reasons for ICS’ initiative in putting this ‘Rise Against Cancer’ app together. We firmly believe that our collective positive actions will inspire people to stay ’Two Steps Ahead of Cancer’ fostering a proactive approach to early detection and intervention.”

In its dedicated mission to combat cancer, the Indian Cancer Society’s Karnataka chapter has significantly expanded its reach across the state. Today with its base in Bengaluru, ICS Karnataka has regional offices in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi and Dharwad reaching out to rural and urban people who have little access to resources or information.

About Indian Cancer Society: The Indian Cancer Society (ICS) was founded in 1951 by Dr. D J Jussawalla and Mr. Naval Tata as India’s first non-profit organization in the cancer space. ICS began its Karnataka chapter in 1986. It was started by Kishore Rao with a handful of volunteers. Today with its base in Bengaluru, ICS Karnataka has regional offices in Mangaluru, Kalaburagi and Dharwad reaching out to rural and urban people who have little access to resources or information. The activities of ICS cover the entire continuum of cancer care: From awareness, screening for early detection, financial help for diagnosis and treatment, support groups, rehabilitation of cancer survivors, to research, registry and education. In addition, ICS publishes the Indian Journal of Cancer, the first indexed oncology journal in India.

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