Cancer has become one of the ten leading causes of death in India. The large scale morbidity and mortality of cancer is easily reversible with well-planned cancer education, organized screening, and early detection programs.


Reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality related to cancer in the population through a cancer screening program to detect cancers and pre-cancerous conditions in their early stages, thereby ensuring appropriate treatment leading to a greater chance of cure, better survival and quality of life.


  • To raise public awareness regarding prevention of cancer and its early signs and symptoms in the general population.
  • To ensure detection of cancer and pre cancer conditions as early as possible.
  • To enable an equitable access to the program for the target population.
  • Facilitate the provision of high quality and appropriate diagnostic and treatment services to the participants.
  • To collect and analyse data for participant follow up, further research and evaluation of the program.


The cancer screening program comprises of two components:

  • A community based screening program.
  • A hospital based screening program


Cancer Prevention
  • Health education through cancer awareness seminars, classes and talks to the general public.
  • Health education to the general public on cancer through distribution of leaflets, pamphlets or brochures and through other print and visual media.
  • Undertaking activities that promote tobacco cessation, appropriate dietary practices and adequate physical activity.
  • Observance of cancer related awareness campaign months/days.
  • Early detection of cancer and pre-cancer conditions.
  • Conducting community based cancer screening camps.
  • Cancer screening camps are conducted in two stages.
  • Primary screening of the target population by trained volunteers.
  • Screening camps for by health professionals for the participants selected from the primary screening procedure.
  • Health education through cancer awareness seminars, classes and talks to the general public.
  • Follow up and treatment of the subjects that require further evaluation.
  • Training of volunteers in identifying early signs and symptoms of cancer, conducting surveys and educating the public.
Enabling Equitable Access
  • Collaboration with Local Self-Government Institutions (LSGIs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to enable equitable access of the program to the target population irrespective of their geographic, socioeconomic or cultural differences.


  • An opportunistic screening program in the hospital strictly based on an individual subject’s request to be screened.


In addition to continuous scrutiny and monitoring the entire program will be subject to a regular periodic evaluation.

The program will be evaluated in terms of its acceptability, cost effectiveness, quality assurance and outcome.

Evaluation Indicators

Process Indicators
  • No. of awareness sessions conducted, no. of camps conducted, no. of training sessions, participation rate, etc.
Outcome Indicators
  • Change in awareness and knowledge in the population, screening positive rate, cancer detection rate, follow up rate, etc.