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World Cancer Day is held each year on February 4 and it is bigger than any one cancer or event anywhere. This year’s campaign aims to debunk some of the many pervasive myths about cancer that can contribute to people’s feelings of hopelessness and desperation.
“World Cancer Day’s goal is to unite all people and cancer communities around the world in order to actually raise awareness around the disease as a single entity,” says Caroline Perréard, of the Union for International Cancer Control in Geneva, Switzerland. She continues, “The global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. 1.5 million lives which would be lost to cancer, could be saved per year if decisive measures are taken to achieve the World Health Organizations ‘25 by 25’ target to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases by 25% by 2025.
One of the myths surrounding this all too common deadly disease is that there are no signs or symptoms of cancer. For many cancers, there are early warning signs and symptoms. Early detection is essential and the benefits are indisputable. Another common myth is the misguided belief that there is nothing we can do to prevent cancer. Perréard says. “For example by knowing first that most of common cancers are preventable simply by adopting the right measures such as a healthy lifestyle, healthy diet, exercise, no tobacco use, and no alcohol abuse.”
We all have to do our part to spread the word. Go to www.worldcancerday.org, and start talking and sharing your experiences with the world to make a difference. There are over 500 events planned around the world, and more is more!
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