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Meaning of the word "Carcinoterminus"

This word has no literal meaning(yet). It is inspired for the word Carcinogenesis. Carcinogenesis is the formation of a cancer, whereby normal cells are transformed into cancer cells. Carcinoterminus is just of opposite of this. If you break it into "Carcino" + "terminus", it will mean termination of cancer.

Some lesser known facts about cancer:

  • Cancer cells evolve with time i.e. if you kill cancer cells with some chemical(s), then when next time they appear(the relapse of cancer), they will most likely be resistant to that chemical.
  • Every instant of cancer has its unique signature. Hence, possibility of a universal drug for cancer is highly unlikely.
  • Once the cancer has been spread in the body, the chance of survival is very bleak. For lung cancer, it is as low as 4%.
  • Having said that, more than half of all cancers are preventable if diagnosed at right time.
  • Cancer is not contagious. However, some cancers are caused by viruses and bacteria.
  • Cancers are hereditary. But, only 5-10 % of the cancer cases are hereditary.

(Taken from India Today Article:

Some statistics related to cancer(valid for Indian Population only):

  • According to the National Cancer Registry Programme of the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR), more than 1300 Indians die every day due to cancer.
  • More women in India die from cervical cancer than in any other country. Rural women are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer as compared to their urban counterparts.
  • Cancers such as breast, oral, cervical, gastric, lung, and colorectal cancer can be cured if detected early and treated adequately. One woman dies of cervical cancer every 8 minutes in India.
  • No herbal products have been scientifically proven to be effective in the treatment of cancer.
Thanks to the technology you have, you now know these facts(if you haven't known them earlier.). But think about the rural population. Most of them still don't know anything about cancer. For them, it's just a regular disease. They are unaware of its evolution, its symptoms, what causes it and especially about its treatment.  They still treat it as divine retribution go to  tantriks and try to find a cure, spending all their money and life of their loved ones.

I believe that it's our responsibility, the educated ones to make the rest of population aware about this beast. It will be great if you can volunteer in it personally but if you can't, please donate a small amount so that we can conduct workshops in rural areas. Even 1 Rupee matters. 

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