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Authentic and accurate information and public education is basic to any disease control initiative. It is more so for a disease like cancer where more than 70% of disease burden is related to life-style factors such as food & beverage practices, personal habits, infections, tobacco consumption and social customs. In addition, urbanization, industrialization and increasing life-span are also known to influence the cancer pattern globally. This necessitates proper appreciation of risk factors and other causes of cancer by the people. At CFI we consider information and public education to be of vital importance in our cancer prevention initiatives. CFI has continuously worked on developing new communication strategy, methods and modules for urban and rural populations.
Title of Project:
Network Programme on Cancer in Women  for North East India
This is a first-of-its-kind attempt to execute 4 different projects in 4 different states of the northeast which is developed, coordinated, monitored by CFI. This project aims at promoting cancer prevention initiative in Northeast Indian states with a view to initiate community-based breast cancer programmes in 4 states - Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura. This idea evolved from a workshop organised by Cancer Foundation of India and sponsored by DBT at Kolkata with the idea of CFI creating this unique network and executing the project with Co-PIs drawn from the main government Hospital in respective states. 

Breast cancer is one of the major cancers among women in the Northeast therefore three projects will be on community advocacy and one is developing a breast clinic in the hospital. It is expected that such an exercise will translate into down - staging breast cancer at the time of clinical presentation.
Target Population: Urban women between 18 - 64 years of age
Supported by: Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India
Period: 2013 - 2016
Coordinator: Maqsood Siddiqi
Project status: Ongoing
Title of Project:
A Systematic Study on Educating Young Urban Women on the benefits of Breast-Self Examination in Kolkata, India
The project was aimed at urban young women (18-25 yrs) from higher socio-economic group in the metropolis Kolkata since They are most likely to be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. The project envisaged educating College and University - going (graduate & post graduate) adult women on Breast Self Examination (BSE) and other the early symptoms of breast cancer. This would  allow them to report changes in the breast for appropriate intervention at an early stage of disease.

Such an exercise is expected to translate into down - staging breast cancer at the time of clinical presentation.
Target Population: Urban, young women between 18 - 25 years of age
Supported by: American Cancer Society, USA 
Period: 2007 - 2008
Coordinator: Sutapa Biswas
Project status: Completed
Title of Project:
Development of a Health Communication strategy for optimizing Cervical Cancer Screening programme among rural women

The sensitization of the target women population to cancer awareness using new modules of IEC followed by cervical screening among eligible women (25 - 59 yrs). Finally the treatment of detected individuals are the proposed modes of operation in this project to evolve and test a proper health communication strategy for cervical cancer.

Target Population: Rural women, married, between 25 - 59 years of age
Supported by: Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of  Science & Technology, Govt. of India 
Period: 2006 - 2009
Coordinator: Sutapa Biswas
Project status: Completed
Title of Project:
Prefield Testing of the WHO manual ‘Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control - A Guide for Essential Practices'
CFI had the honour of being chosen as country coordinating agency for India to conduct the pre-field test of the Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control Guide to Essential Practice (C4-GEP) in January 2005. Three meetings were organized at Delhi-Gurgaon, Bangalore and Kolkata where nearly 40 eminent experts, health providers and policy makers in cervical cancer from all over the country participated and provided their inputs to make it an invaluable guide for every one working in the control of cervical cancer. All the meetings were also attended by a distinguished representative of WHO.
Target Population: N A
Supported by: Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation (WHO), Geneva
Period: 2005
Coordinator: Maqsood Siddiqi
Project status: Completed
Title of Project:
Directory of Ongoing Research on Cancer Prevention in South Asia
The Directory of On-Going Research in Cancer Prevention in South Asia is to provide an electronic source of information on the on-going studies on human cancer prevention in the region. The rationale of creating a Directory of this kind is the need to inform other investigators working in the field about the work that is going on in the countries of this region before it has been published.
Target Population: Screening Group, International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO), Lyon, France
Period: 2008
Coordinator: Maqsood Siddiqi & Sutapa Biswas
Project status: Completed
Project:
Photography Exhibition “Lifestyle & Risk of Cancer”
An exhibition of photographs of more than 25 eminent photographers, from all over India, was held in Kolkata, India on the occasion of the Third Anniversary of CFI on the theme ‘Lifestyle and Risk of Cancer' from 7-11 November 2005. The exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts was inaugurated by Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal. This was the first time in India that such an exhibition was organized to make people aware about the lifestyle predisposition to various cancers. Some of the eminent photographers who contributed their work were Raghu Rai, Satyaki Ghosh, Nitin Rai, Fawzan Hussain, Dilip Banerjee, Bikas Das etc.
Target Population: General Public
Supported by: CFI 
Period: 2005
Coordinator: Sutapa Biswas