Mumbai :  A total of 230 workers from the Kohinoor Mills at Dadar underwent a general health check-up recently, which revealed that five female workers suffer from suspected breast cancer while 10 male workers suffer from suspected oral cancer. The check-up also revealed that out of the total number of workers who were screened, around 160 had a history of tobacco chewing since many years.

The screening camp was organized by the Cancer Patients Aid Association for the purpose of finding out how many workers suffer from any serious condition and who need urgent medical attention.

A medical team of 20 members including eight doctors was appointed at the health check-up camp. The doctors stated that stress, poor living conditions of the workers is driving them towards tobacco chewing addiction.

Anita Peter, executive director of CPAA, said, “The working conditions of these workers are very poor and they are under extreme stress and the only escape for them from work pressure is chewing tobacco. While screening, we found out many of them have never got themselves medically tested for any health ailment. The male and females who are suspected breast and oral cancer patients have been asked to get their treatment started at Tata Memorial Centre immediately without any delay.”

The workers were also counseled by the team of psychiatrists who were made aware about the ill-effects of tobacco chewing. During the screening, nearly 40 percent were found with hypertension and 50 percent were found to be suffering from diabetes. “We informed the workers that it is a health check-up camp wherein we will be checking the workers for basic ailments and diseases as well. The reason is that there are still many people who are reluctant to come forward and get themselves tested for cancer,” added Peter.  There will be a follow up camp held after six months for the mill-workers to check their progression chart. Further, these workers have been advised to bring in changes and asked to reduce their stress by spending time with their relatives.

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