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Transplant recipients face elevated risk of developing cancer: Study

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The findings of a new study suggest that people who have received organ transplants face an elevated risk of developing cancer, primarily due to immunosuppression from medications to prevent organ rejection, as well as underlying medical conditions.

An important unresolved question relates to the contribution of cancer to years of life lost among transplant recipients, which is a measure of the impact of cancer on premature death. This question was explored recently in a study published by Wiley early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

For the study, Anne-Michelle Noone, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute, and her colleagues examined organ transplant and cancer registry data in the United States from 1987 to 2014, with information related to all ages and all organs. The team quantified the life-years lost to cancer or the extent to which the average lifespan is shortened by cancer, among transplant recipients.

Among 221,962 transplant recipients, 13,074 (5.9 per cent) developed cancer within 10 years of transplantation. During this 10-year post-transplant period, recipients who developed cancer lost an average of 2.7 years of life due to their cancer diagnosis. In total, cancer was responsible for 11 per cent of all life-years lost due to any cause.
Lung cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma had the highest impact, and each resulted in a lifespan shortened by approximately five years. Lung recipients had the highest life-years lost due to cancer, followed by heart recipients. Also, life years lost due to cancer increased with age.

The authors stress the importance of cancer prevention and screening in transplant recipients, with special attention for those at the highest risk. “For example, there may be opportunities to screen for non-Hodgkin lymphoma especially in groups at high risk for this cancer, such as children. Also, healthcare providers should consider screening older transplant recipients with a smoking history for lung cancer, as recommended for people who smoke in the general population,” said Dr Noone.

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3 Members of a Family Members Killed 1 Injured After Hut Collapsed

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Snowfall in the hilly areas of Kashmir and torrential rains in the plains disturbed everyday life. A house made of mud collapsed due to incessant rains in the Noorpora area of ​​Tral in South Kashmir’s district Pulwama. A nomadic family lived in this house. Three members of the family died as they got buried in the debris. Although a family member was saved in the rescue operation immediately after this accident, his condition is also said to be critical.

Officials said that this kutcha house near Nurpora Tral Secretariat is being told of Irshad Ahmed’s son Abdul Ghafoor. The nomadic family was present inside the house due to heavy rain. Due to constant rain, the house’s roof collapsed, and four family members were buried under the rubble. Local people also informed the police about this while launching a rescue operation. The police team that reached the spot started removing the debris with the help of local people.

All four people were rescued from the rubble in critical condition and taken to hospital. However, before the doctors could start their treatment, three family members died in the hospital. While the state of one remains critical. He has been admitted to a hospital in Srinagar for better treatment.

After this accident, the Tehsildar, who reached the spot, was instructed to send eight nomadic family members to a safe place. On the behest of the Tehsildar, other members were sent to Government Middle School, Nurpora, Tral. After this accident, the district administration has warned other nomadic families living in kutcha houses to move to safer places because of the possibility of rain and snowfall.

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Smarth Arora from Jammu wins Mr India 2021

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A production company, namely “Dreamz Production House” house, recently organised a fashion show under the banner of “Mr Super Model International 2021” in Lucknow. Several participants participated in the competition, but Smarth Arora from Jammu emerged as the show’s winner.

While sharing his experience with JK Media, Smarth said, “this was a 5-day competition, and it was full of ups and downs. There were several judges, and they not only judged us but also polished our skills. The company first conducted auditions in Jammu, and the semi-final and final was in Jammu, where I emerged as the winner”.

“Fitness was my passion, and from 9th standard, I was going to the gym. So when Dreamz production gave me an opportunity for modelling, I took the chance and won this trophy. However, for my parents, their priority is their studies. So even I have won this trophy for them, I should focus on my studies”, Smarth added.

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Sultan from Rajouri becomes first Runner up in Mr. India Super Model International 2021

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Sultan, a resident of Rajouri, Jammu, and Kashmir, has won the First Runner up in Mr India Super Model International 2021 Beauty Pageant.

Q. Congratulations, Sultan! How has your journey been?

First of all, thank you. The journey has been incredible. One of my friends informed me about the Talent contest being organized by Sharad Choudhary. I auditioned for it and fortunately got selected. Then, I prepared for the semi-finals to be held in Lucknow. There were acting and grooming sessions too.

The production house provided suitable outfits, food, and all the other facilities. At the grand finale, our jury members were Rohit Khandelwal, Prince Narula, Yuvika Choudhary, and Priyank Sharma. I’m thankful to all, especially Sharad Sir, who gave me this platform.

Q. In your introduction round, what did you say about Jammu and Kashmir?

Yes! I appreciated the beauty of Rajouri and the entire UT of Jammu and Kashmir. I invited everyone as well to visit and enjoy the beautiful mountains of J&K. Rajouri is blessed with Dargah Sharif, which is world-famous, and also the Mughal road.

Q. We’ve heard you like acting since childhood. Where did that come from? And what are your plans for the future?

Since childhood, I’ve loved acting. I was never good at studies, not even business (laughs). Now that God has given me the opportunity of this Talent contest, I’ll utilize it thoroughly. I have joined acting and dancing classes. Since I’m a little weak in English, I’ve joined English-speaking courses also. It’s just that I want to feel confident.

Q. Great! What was your parents’ reaction when you told them about the trophy?

My parents are thrilled after seeing my trophy. I got emotional on the stage while receiving the award because I wanted my parents to be there. Everyone in Rajouri appreciates me for the results, and I feel blessed to have good people around me.

Q. We are very proud of you, Sultan. Any message for the youngsters aspiring to become Models?

I feel Jammu and Kashmir are blessed to have good Directors, Producers, and Talent hunters visiting here. I suggest youngsters grab the opportunities that give them a platform. Many consider talent contests as fake, but it isn’t the truth. People want to pick you up and introduce you to the world.

Stay away from drugs, encourage yourself and develop good qualities. Trust me; you will win in life.

Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media

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