Berhampur,Dec 2 (LocalWire) Bollywood actress and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala on Sunday said the disease is curable if diagnosed early.
“The disease is curable, if it is early diagnosis,” said Koirala, who survived ovarian cancer.
“Overcoming cancer led to my self discovery and I learnt to love life once again,” the actress said.
She expressed concern over the increasing death due to cancer in India.
“Especially women are increasingly getting diagnosed with cancer. It is mostly due to the ignorance,” she said.
Koirala on Sunday flagged off a 23-day long cycle expedition from Army Air Defence College, Gopalpur in Odisha’s Ganjam district to Pune in Maharastra to create awareness about the disease on behalf of “Hausla”, a cancer support group.
Gajanan Kale, a 34-year old ex-service man from Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, will traverse 14 districts, covering five states, including Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka and Maharastra before reaching Pune on December 25.
“I decided to launch this expedition to create awareness on cancer, particularly to the young generation because of my mother died in cancer,” said Kale.
“Seeing my mother suffer, I known how the disease is painful for a patient as well as for the family,” he said.
During his expedition, he would cover a distance of 1481 km and hold 14 camps in different states to educate on causes and ways to prevent cancer.
The expedition was oraganised by Grameen Sneh Foundation, an organization working in the field of cancer awareness.
Around 40 youths from Berhampur and nearby villages accompanied Kale in the cycle expedition till Andhra Pradesh.
Several others from Andhra Pradesh will also accompany him to the neighboring states.