Community Medicine Department of Fazaia Medical College observed World Cancer Day on 3rd February 2017. The history of World Cancer Day stretches back to 1999 when a group of medical practitioners met in France (Paris) to discuss the challenges faced by those living with the cancer and what all needed to be done to improve their access to care, improve the quality of life of cancer survivors and to ensure patient advocacy. The day has since become a globally-recognised annual event that engages all the major stakeholders; both national and international.
Mr. Ayub Sheikh, the Chief Secretary Federal health, Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, Pakistan chaired the event. The students of MBBS 1st year were involved by arranging various competitions including preparation of posters, role plays and presentation under the theme “WE CAN; I CAN”. The purpose of the activity was to create awareness and to update the medical students from inception of their career regarding importance of preventive measures and early diagnosis to beat the menace at the initial stages. Program started with recitation from Holy Quran followed by presentations and role plays of students and an innovative research in the field of cancer by Miss Momina Mustehsan, who appeared as guest speaker in the event. Expert opinion about lung cancer, cervical cancer and Breast cancer were given by worthy guest speakers viz Brig (retd) Prof. Javed Khattak, Prof. Dr. Ghazala Mahmood and Brig (retd) Prof. Ashfaq Ahmed. They highlighted the importance of early screening in good prognosis of cancers. Vice Chancellor of Air University, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Faaiz Aamir & Pricipal Fazaia Medical College Maj. Gen. (retd) Prof. Salman Ali appreciated the efforts of students as well as the faculty. Mr. Ayub Sheikh also enlightened the students and audience about their views and health policies regarding cancers and also highlighted the importance of such events in fighting against the dreadful diseases like cancers. He said More than 30% of cancer deaths can be prevented by simple and cost effective measures. He acknowledged that Fazaia Medical College in a very short span of time has come up as one of the distinctive Medical education institute. This was followed by prize and certificates distribution amongst distinct participants of competitions.
The event was concluded by vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Rukhsana Khan, Head of the Department of Community Medicine to all the worthy participants to show their empathy towards cancer survivors. Placards and banners magnificently as well as purposely designed and displayed by the students delighted the event.

By Web Team AU