World Cancer Day is an international day marked annually on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
The tagline for World Cancer Day 2016-2018 is “We can. I can”, a tagline that attempts to explore what society as a whole and each individual on his/her own can do to reduce cancer worldwide.
Breast, lung and prostate cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States. Approximately 70% of patients with lung cancer die, while only 16% and 14% of patients with breast and prostate cancer suffer the same fate.
Childhood cancers are not common. Less than 1% of all cancer diagnoses in a given year will be for a child under the age of 15.
According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. Lifestyle changes such as, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, keeping active and eating right can prevent certain types of cancer.
World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) a membership based, non-governmental organizations that exist to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer and also to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008
Don’t count the days, make the days count.” — Muhammad Ali
1. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
2. World Cancer Day targets misinformation.
3. Raises awareness, and reduces stigma.
4. Multiple initiatives run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements is #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have “hairticipants” shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment.Images of participants are then shared over social media.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supports the fight against cancer through the application of nuclear techniques, by providing Member States with assistance in applying a comprehensive approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer that covers four main areas: nutrition; diagnosis and follow-up; radiation oncology and radiotherapy; and quality assurance. The support thus provided contributes to the achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, which focuses on good health and well-being. Nuclear techniques are becoming increasingly essential to support the proper management of cancer patients, through a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals. Nuclear techniques can also contribute to better nutrition, which is the foundation of good health.
Short message to cancer patients
I have no doubt that you will fight cancer with the same ferocious determination that you have with other challenges in your life. I know that the great strength you have will prevail. The book of Isaiah 43:2 says ” when you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
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