A commemorative postage stamp on the International Cancer Awareness Day :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 7, 2001
Issued for : India Post has time and again affirmed its commitment to spread important messages on subjects of interest and relevance to the common man through issue of postage stamps. India Post is happy to release a commemorative postage stamp on Cancer Awareness Day.
Stamp & FDC : Kalmeshwar Singh
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Three Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported un w/m stamp paper
Stamps Printed : 3 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Eagle Press Pvt. Ltd.
- It is estimated that there are nearly 15-20 lakhs of cancer cases at any given point of time. Over 7 lakhs new cases of cancer and 3 lakhs deaths occur annually due to cancer. Nearly 15 lakhs patients require facilities for diagnosis, treatment and follow up at a given time. Data from National Cancer Registry Programme indicates that the leading sites of cancer have remained unchanged over the years, i.e. oral cavity, lungs, esophagus and stomach amongst men and cervix, breast and oral cavity amongst women. Cancers of oral cavity and lungs in males and cervix and breast in females account for over 50% of all cancer deaths in India.
- Cancer usually occurs in the later years of life and with increase in life expectancy it is all the more important that people are made aware of the fact that the disease is invariably curable if detected in early stages.
- National Cancer Control Programme was initiated by the Ministry of Health in 1975 with the objectives of spreading education and awareness, early detection by screening and self-examination methods, strengthening of existing treatment facilities, skill upgradation of doctors and para-medical personnel.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.