Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at event to spread awareness about cancer

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 17, 2018, 03.38 PM(IST)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Photograph:( Reuters )

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"There are so many myths and misconceptions in our country that it is astonishing to realise and recognize that there are so many people even in this day and age who believe that a disease like cancer could possibly be contagious to us. That's shocking, but to many it seems that's a fact, '' said Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended an event named Women's Cancer Initiative to spread awareness around cancer.

The event was hosted by Tara Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.

Aishwarya also shared an opinion on the fatal disease and said, "There are so many myths and misconceptions in our country that it is astonishing to realise and recognize that there are so many people even in this day and age who believe that a disease like cancer could possibly be contagious to us. That's shocking, but to many, it seems that's a fact. ''

The actress further said, "That just boils down to lack of awareness, education, access to information, recognizing what this disease is all about and the step you need to take as simple as early detection.''

"Events such as these have come together to draw attention and raise awareness, increase dialogue, make information more accessible to people and have people coming for their regular check-ups for early detection because that in the course of action is referred to as a baby step, but it is the most important step to a possible cure of the disease when a patient has it,'' said the actress.

 She further added, "So, earlier detection gives you a higher chance at a cure and that's a possibility that every person should humanly have a right to access. We hope this early detection of curable cancer in women will be an important component of the cancer control program in India."

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She appreciated efforts of Women's Cancer Initiative in spreading awareness about cancer among women in general and underprivileged women in particular.