Rajamanickam Rajkumar

Meenakshi Medical College and Research Institute

Dr Rajamanickam Rajkumar (BSC, MBBS, MD, PhD, Colposcopy (UK & Ireland), FUICC, Hon. Member SCCPS Singapore) was inspired to become a doctor at school age by Christine Matthews - an Irish Missionary who worked at the Christian Medical College, Vellore. He did his postgraduate in Community Medicine and worked at the Christian Fellowship Community Health Centre, Ambillikai, Tamil Nadu – under the mentorship of Padmabhushan Dr Jacob Cherian. Burdened by the large number of cervical cancer cases in this small rural hospital, Dr Rajkumar wrote to IARC/WHO for guidance to prevent and control cervical cancer. He initiated a rural population-based cancer registry with IARC in 1996, and following training in colposcopy and precancer management in UK and Ireland, he implemented a large scale screening program using the village workers in 2001. This IARC project was a great success. In 2011, in collaboration with the Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Singapore and The Ohio State University Medical Center, USA, Dr Rajkumar is forming the 'Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Society in South India – COLPI” for training doctors and nurses in cervical cancer prevention. Medical colleges and Nursing colleges have been inspired to start Cervical cancer screening programs using their own resources benefiting poor rural women in the developing countries. Recent initiatives include early education on HPV, free sanitary napkins, HPV Vaccination, etc - especially for young girls. Dr. Rajkumar's mission is to raise awareness about cervical cancer as well as finding the best strategies towards its elimination.

4books edited

5chapters authored

Latest work with IntechOpen by Rajamanickam Rajkumar

Cervical Cancer is one of the leading cancers among women, especially in developing countries. Prevention and control are the most important public health strategies. Empowerment of women, education, "earlier" screening by affordable technologies like visual inspection, and treatment of precancers by cryotherapy/ LEEP are the most promising interventions to reduce the burden of cervical cancer.Dr Rajamanickam Rajkumar had the privilege of establishing a rural population based cancer registry in South India in 1996, as well as planning and implementing a large scale screening program for cervical cancer in 2000. The program was able to show a reduction in the incidence rate of cervical cancer by 25%, and reduction in mortality rate by 35%. This was the greatest inspiration for him to work on cerrvical cancer prevention, and he edited this book to inspire others to initiate such programs in developing countries. InTech - Open Access Publisher plays a major role in this crusade against cancer, and the authors have contributed to it very well.

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