In my forty years of journalistic career in print and electronic media, I never thought of editing an international health magazine. But, when I was approached by the publisher to take the responsibility, I became enthralled to take it as a new challenge to my career. After food, shelter and education, health is the single largest problem facing today’s world. Once a public sector issue, private entrepreneurs have been coming forward in a massive way not only in the developed countries but also in the developing world during the last four decades to address the issue. The launching of this magazine, I think is a small private sector attempt for achieving this goal. As a humble person and a citizen of this world, I have always nurtured a dream for a hunger and disease free earth. However, this is a dream which cannot be fulfilled in one’s life time or even in a century. But I am an optimistic person and I hope this will come true sometime during the current millennium. Keeping this in view, ours is a very humble attempt to bring issue of public health to forefront.
As part of that, the first edition of the magazine dedicated to ‘Cancer’ as its main topic has taken a shape after over two months of hard work by an efficient and energetic editorial and technical team. Cancer, despite decades of work by scientists and researchers for developing diagnostic, curative and preventive sides, is still one of the biggest global killer diseases. Hence, we have decided to devote the first edition to cancer. On behalf of the management and members of the editorial team, I convey my sincere thanks to those contributed their thoughtful write-ups on cancer and other health related issues from home and abroad. The writers despite their preoccupations have made significant efforts to enrich the magazine for the readers. I hope, the magazine will be fruitful for general readers, doctors and others related to health sector globally. I, on behalf of the editorial team seeking apology for any lapse that might have occurred in the process of publishing first edition of the magazine. Finally, we want to let the readers know that any comment, may be critical or adverse, to further