Social stigma biggest threat to cancer: Emraan

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Emraan Hashmi and his son 

The biggest threat to cancer is that there are social stigmas attached to it and on the other hand people think the disease is a dead end.

These comments were made by Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi whose son contracted the illness at the age of three and has first hand experience of how to fight the dreaded disease.

“Many people don’t take timely chemotherapy sessions because they take it lightly, and in many cases they feel it is a dead end.” he said.

The ‘Azhar’ star said his son was diagnosed with a very rare case of cancer and the family knew they had a battle to fight.

“In 2014, my son, he was 3 years and ten months, was diagnosed with a very rare case of kidney cancer. It happens to roughly 2-3 per cent of kids under the age of four. My son was part of that unfortunate percentage of kids.” he said.

“As a parent, as a care giver in our family, we were shattered. We went through a lot of emotions. Pain, guilt, despair and depression. But, we were willing to fight this battle. We knew we had to go for the long haul and do everything that we could to save our son’s life.” he said.

Emraan was speaking at the launch of Times Now’s ‘Cancer Awareness Campaign’.

The actor said he knew that the treatment will be 6-7 months long “after which there is a 5-year survival rate”.

“It is a battle which is still going on. The fundamental thing that got us through this ordeal was the information and knowledge that we got when our son was diagnosed with cancer. That made it easier.” he said.

The 37-year-old actor feels there are many people who still have misconceptions regarding cancer. – CINEWS

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