Roko Cancer Charitable Trust (Registered Charity No.: 398/4/2009-2010, INDIA) is a “not for profit” organization committed to fighting cancer and preventing deaths due to cancer, especially in women, by timely and early detection.
We are registered with NITI AAYOG’s NGO Darpan platform with Reg. No. DL/2017/ 0153993.
‘Roko’ means ‘Stop’ and ‘Cancer’ is universally perceived as the most rapacious killer of human existence. Roko Cancer, therefore, in vernacular means ‘Stop Cancer’. With this as the central idea, Roko Cancer Charitable Trust is committed to identifying and eliminating Breast, Cervical and Oral cancer in an institutionalized and structured manner by creating awareness amongst women about the nuances of this dreadful disease and its early detection through screening processes and self-examination. Detection of cancer in stage one has almost 90 percent chance of survival whereas it has almost negligible chance of cure in stage four. The anthem, therefore, is that: ‘Cancer if detected early, can be eradicated’.
Apropos the above, Roko Cancer Charitable Trust was set up in 2005, primarily for spreading awareness and early detection of Breast Cancer by a London based NRI of distinction and vision, Mr. APS Chawla. He himself had gone through the excruciating trauma of his wife’s untimely demise at the hands of breast cancer. To save precious lives he emerged like a phoenix from the ambers of his personal grief and translated his tragedy into a relentless crusade against breast cancer, so that others may not go through the anguish and ignominy due to sheer ignorance. Despite being a millionaire, who owns Nova Group of Companies in London, he dedicated his life to this noble cause and became a philanthropist.
Our Trust has been a pioneer in launching India’s irst fully equipped, sophisticated Mobile Cancer Detection Unit. This gives us the lexibility of conducting ‘Mammograms’ and ‘Pap Smear/ LBC’ tests for women and ‘Oral Cancer Tests and counselling for de-addiction’ for men in various urban, semi-urban and rural areas. In our drive we have conducted 5,000 ‘Awareness and Detection’ camps during the period from 2005 to date in 22 States and Union Territories. Presently, our Mobile Detection Units are equipped to detect Breast, Cervix and Oral cancer. In this journey, we have worked with various State Governments viz. Govt. of Meghalaya, Delhi and Punjab, PSUs like ONGC, corporates like Larsen & Toubro, Jindal Stainless Steel, IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance, Indian Potash Limited, IFFCO, HITACHI, Pizer, SIS Ltd. etc.
We also do diabetes and BP investigations/ diagnosis as well. Mammography, oral screening operations and pap smears are performed by welltrained doctors who are experts in their ield and dedicated to the cause. We are proud to state that from 2005 up to now we have carried out about roughly 6,35,090 examinations and conducted 68,729 mammography tests