Community-Based Cancer Screening Program by Piramal Swasthya


MUMBAI: Piramal Swasthya, an initiative under the aegis of Piramal Foundation (the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group), announced the launch of its community-based cancer screening program – D.E.S.H., to detect cancer early and thereby reduce mortality.

It is expected to reduce the impact of the cancer burden in Assam through early detection of Oral, Breast and Cervical Cancers in rural areas.

Dr. Swati Piramal, Vice Chairperson, Piramal Group, who has been closely involved in the project, inaugurated D.E.S.H in Guwahati, by flagging off a state-of-the-art Mobile Cancer Screening Unit.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. In India, the cancer burden is high and is projected to increase over one-and-a-half times in the next 20 years. Within India, Assam has the highest proportional mortality ratio due to cancer. 

Piramal Swasthya has launched its community-based screening program – D.E.S.H. for Oral, Breast and Cervical Cancers in Kamrup. The program components include creating community awareness, screening for cancer through mobile cancer screening units, mobility for the patients detected positive to a treatment centre, tracking and follow-ups.


  • Community-based mobile cancer screening unit
  • Counselling session for those who were detected positive
  • Provision of transport for these patients to Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute.
  • Safe and secure Electronic Medical Record for every patient with a Unique Beneficiary ID for monitoring and tracking
  • Referral and follow-up of positive patients, thereby ensuring complete end-to-end cover
  • Patients to be enrolled with the existing Atal Amrit Yojana insurance program

Piramal Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Piramal Group. It develops innovative solutions to resolve issues that are critical roadblocks towards unlocking India’s economic potential.

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