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Apollo Cancer Centres launches 'Unmask Cancer' campaign

In a poignant exploration of life post-cancer, Apollo Cancer Centres (ACCs) proudly introduces 'Unmask Cancer,' a groundbreaking campaign aimed at unravelling the truth about cancer, dispelling myths, and fostering empathy within the society. As World Cancer Day approaches, ACCs takes a bold step to address the unfortunate reality of discrimination faced by cancer winners.

'Unmask Cancer' is the journey of cancer winners who, despite showcasing exceptional skills and qualifications, grapples with the societal biases stemming from their cancer history. The campaign sheds light on the pervasive fear of prejudice, pushing individuals to conceal this vital aspect of their lives, thus echoing the experiences of countless others facing discrimination.

The 'Unmask Cancer' initiative unveils a thought-provoking social experiment video that delves into the profound consequences of discrimination across various facets of life. Featuring individuals from diverse backgrounds, including societal, corporate, and appearance-related biases, the video culminates with only a few brave cancer winners unmasking themselves due to the support they received from their families and friends.

To create awareness and drive a meaningful change within the society including the corporate world, ACCs takes 'Unmask Cancer' initiative to the corporate sector and society at large. In addition, a Cancer Sensitization Session led by oncologists and survivors will be introduced. The session will provide an opportunity to understand the disease and break the stigma, and nurture empathy. With an aim to empower participants and enthusiasts with practical skills for a positive change in life and within the society, the session will be available both online and offline. This engagement will help in nurturing a culture of equality and empathy among the people.

Mr Neelakannan, Chief Operating Officer, Apollo Hospitals, Madurai Division  expressed, his commitment to fostering equality and fairness for all, saying, "Our mission at ACC goes beyond providing world-class medical care. We believe in championing the rights of every individual, irrespective of their medical history. 'Unmask Cancer' is a testament to our dedication to creating a society that supports and uplifts cancer survivors."

Dr.Devanand, Sr.Consultant, Medical Oncology, ACC Madurai, , emphasizes the significance of this campaign, stating, "Discrimination against cancer survivors not only hampers their professional and personal lives but also poses a significant threat to their mental and emotional well-being. ‘Unmask Cancer’ is an unprecendented approach to sentisitize society to thios critical issues and pave the way for a more compassionate world”

Dr Balu Mahendra, Consultant, Surgical Oncology, Apollo Cancer Centre, Madurai, said, "Our mission at ACC goes beyond providing world-class medical care. We believe in championing the rights of every individual, irrespective of their medical history. 'Unmask Cancer' is a testament to our dedication to creating a society that supports and uplifts cancer survivors."

Mr, Rayappan, Cancer Winner, said, "Hiding the history of my cancer due to the fear of discrimination was a burden I carried for years. 'Unmask Cancer' allowed me and my family to share our story and inspire others to do the same. It's time for the society to recognize the strength and resilience of cancer survivors."

Mr Marimuthu, Cancer Winner, said, "Discrimination against cancer patients and survivors not only hampers their professional and personal lives but it also poses a significant threat to their mental and emotional well-being. 'Unmask Cancer' is an unprecedented approach to sensitize society to this critical issue and pave the way for a more compassionate world."

Dr Deenadayalan, Consultant, Medical Oncology ACC, Madurai, said, "Psychological support is crucial in the journey after cancer treatment. 'Unmask Cancer' aligns perfectly with our mission to provide holistic care, addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of survivorship."

This initiative serves as a powerful testament to ACCs’ commitment to life beyond cancer treatment. As the campaign unfolds, 'Unmask Cancer' promises to initiate a transformative dialogue, sparking empathy and paving the way for a world where cancer survivors can live, unmasked.

Dr.Praveen Rajan, Joint Director Medical Services, Apollo Hospitals Madurai : commented on the occasion, "Our campaign is the need of the hour; 'Unmask Cancer' is not just an unique initiative; it's a commitment to creating a world that champions equality and fairness for all, especially those who have triumphed over cancer."

This initiative serves as a powerful testament to ACCs’ commitment to life beyond cancer treatment. As the campaign unfolds, 'Unmask Cancer' promises to initiate a transformative dialogue, sparking empathy and paving the way for a world where cancer survivors can live, unmasked.


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