World Cancer Day

  • There are more than 100 types of cancers; almost any part of the body can be affected.
  • The five most frequent cancers (ranking defined by total number of cases) in India in men and women are breast, cervical, oral cavity, lung and colorectal.
  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in India (after cardiovascular disease).
  • Use of tobacco products (e.g. smoking cigarettes) are the single most preventable cause of death worldwide.
  • More women in India die from cervical cancer than in any other country.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in India and accounts for about a quarter of all cancers in women in Indian cities.
  • The average age for breast cancer in India is almost a decade lower than that in the West.
  • Cancers of major public health relevance such as breast , oral , cervical , gastric , lung and colorectal cancer can be cured if detected early and treated adequately.

On World Cancer Day - United Way Kolkata appeals to all to spread awareness of Cancer and go for regular check up to prevent this deadly disease - "forewarned is forearmed"

We invite volunteers to join us in celebrating Birthdays of children suffering from this disease in this month at Thakurpukur Cancer Centre. Please connect to us on mail/ phone ( Dipanwita Das @ 8927981881) to confirm your participation and we will be happy to provide all details. In case you wish to contribute to the program, or for their treatment , kindly contribute through our WEBSITE and we will update you accordingly.



This Diwali light up their lives

As India celebrates its biggest festival and worships the Devi Lakshmi to bring prosperity into their homes and Bengal in its unique way teams it up with the invocation of “ Ma Kali”, this is an appeal to add a sparkle in the lives of those “young goddesses” in our midst who still struggle for their basic dignity of life.

While statistics say the women literacy of Bengal is higher than the national average at 60.2%, the working women ratio languishes at a paltry 18% (against national average of 25%). This is mainly due to the high drop out during schooling years, primarily due to hygiene and safety concerns. Lack of changing facilities, privacy and knowledge regarding maintenance of hygiene during this period are the principal reasons of absenteeism.

United Way Kolkata has been working for last few years on providing these basic necessities to the “girl child” to provide her with basic amenities that support her to overcome her day to day challenges. Last few years activity and survey on status and perception on this natural phenomenon and its management revealed that presence of changing room with basic minimum facilities and privacy encouraged the adolescent girls in attending school during their menstruating period and they are using schools regularly. We also observed that confidence of adolescent school going girls and their parents is also increasing on getting menstruation hygiene management complied changing room in their respective schools under intervention of United Ways and our partnering NGOs

We continue in our endeavour to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate that us and make this appeal for your support and contribution. Help them to help themselves and find the Goddess within.

We have undertaken the following work and seek your support to meet the budget of INR 3 Lacs.

School Name Address Students Project Undertaken
Halisahar Annapurna Balika Vidyalaya Halisahar Shibergoli, Halisahar, North 24 Parganas, Pin – 743134 1556 – girl students Repair & renovation of urinals & toilets, Change room with incinerator, Hand washing and drinking water platform (Child friendly concept), Filter – 1, Plumbing work, painting, electric work. Counselling on health education and coordinator for maintenance and support