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Lisa's doing her bit!

Lisa Ray

By HT

New Delhi, Feb. 20 -- Actor Lisa Ray is on a mission these days. The 43-year-old, who battled multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells in 2009 says that cancer still remains a taboo in India, and she wants to raise awareness against the myths associated with the illness.

"You know I am forever on drugs now," she laughs, before adding, "The first thing that comes to everyone's mind about cancer is death. I mean the moment you say cancer, the second word that flashes is death. But it's not like that. Your life does not end if you have cancer and you can be treated. Sadly, it still remains a taboo here. I want to tell people it's not true and it's not right. cancer is not the end of everything. "

Lisa is currently meeting cancer patients in India to talk to them about her experience and give them strength. "I have been meeting patients suffering from cancer and talking to them. See, I can't give advice. I can't, in fact I hate giving advice to people. Perhaps, I can speak from my experience and be the same pillar of strength to them that others were to me when I was undergoing treatment. There's a lot of wrong information that's given out and I want to change that", she says.