Calcuttans will hit the streets on Thursday wearing pink-ribbon bows as breast cancer awareness symbols on National Cancer Awareness Day. Taking the lead will be Hitaishini, a breast-cancer support group, which will disseminate information about lifestyles and precautions necessary to make people aware about cancer.
Representatives of Hitaishini will man major street crossings, distributing leaflets asking people to go for periodic checks. “Our members will explain how to prevent cancer by following simple rules,” said a spokesperson. Medical colleges and hospitals will organise special anti-cancer programmes. The radiotherapy wing of most cancer hospitals will distribute free medicines.