Cincinnati, Ohio  Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam says that in order to spread awareness about cancer (primarily lung cancer), it is best to catch the audience at a young age.

Expressing concern over the majority of lung cancer diagnoses caused mainly by tobacco and alcohol consumption, Kalam advocated that cancer awareness begin in primary school while minds are young and ready to learn.

“Since 90 per cent of lung cancer cases owe their origin to tobacco smoking, there is a need to accelerate the campaign against tobacco and alcohol consumption,” Mr. Kalam said at a conference on lung cancer at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute in India on Sunday.

“Cancer awareness should, therefore, start early… in primary school itself.”

Learning about the hazards of tobacco and alcohol may prevent children from adopting unsafe habits from their elder siblings or parents.

In India, about 30,000 new lung cancer cases are registered every year. At present, there are about 50,000 lung cancer cases prevailing in India.

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