Blood Cancer Is No Longer A Death Sentence

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Blood Cancer Is No Longer A Death Sentence

Blood Cancer Is No Longer A Death Sentence

It was indeed an honour and a privilege to present a talk on Anaemia & Thalassaemia at the recently concluded Occupational Health Conclave – ‘OCCUCLAVE’, the 5th Annual Conference of the Association of Environmental & Occupational Health – Delhi (AEOH) organised by the Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH) at SCOPE Complex on Lodhi Road on 13th January 2018.

This Occuclave was part of IAOH’s commitment to enabling health professionals to make India’s work places healthy, safe and green.

Anaemia and Thalassaemia are serious blood disorders that affect a significant number of us Indians.

India carries a serious burden of Anaemia with more than 50% of women, 78.9% of chidren below 3 yrs, and 24% of men (National Health Survey-3) being affected by the most common type of Anaemia – Iron Deficiency Anaemia – that affects the productivity resulting in overall loss to the country’s economy.

Thalassaemia, like Anaemia is also rampant in India with India being called the Thalassaemia Capital of the World with 40 million carriers and 1,00,000 Thalassaemia Majors under blood transfusions every month. If not detected early, the treatment for Thalassaemia is life-long with blood transfusions every 15 days and iron chelation infusions almost daily.

Apart from Anaemia & Thalassaemia, I also spoke about Blood Cancer Awareness, with emphasis on two key aspects:

1. First, that “BLOOD CANCER IS NO LONGER A DEATH SENTENCE”, and

2. Secondly on early detection of Leukaemia (Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia) and importance of a Complete Blood Count (CBC) and its interpretation.

Also, my colleague Dr. Aniruddha Dayama also spoke at the Occuclave where he spoke about ’THE RIGHT APPROACH TO TREATMENT OF LOW PLATELET COUNT”, with particular emphasis on when to fear the condition and when to order a transfusion. He, in his talk pointed out the the right approach to treating the condition is to treat the patient and not the platelet count.