February 4, 2014
Globally, more people die of cancer than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. 14.1 million people are diagnosed with cancer and we lose 8.2 million individuals world-wide to cancer each year. These numbers are growing larger each year.
World Cancer Day was organized to create awareness and promote education. This year's World Cancer Day campaign is called "Debunk the Myths", which focuses on four common misconceptions about cancer.
Myth 1: We don't need to talk about cancer.
Truth: Whilst cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level.
Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer.
Truth: For many cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.
Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer.
Truth: There is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level, and with the right strategies, a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.
Myth 4: I don't have the right to cancer care.
Truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.
Did you know? Screenings save lives. Screening colonoscopies can reveal polyps which can be easily removed by your gastroenterologist during the procedure. Regular screenings after the age of 50 are key in preventing colorectal cancer. Find a doctor for your next screening.
For more information on World Cancer Day, visit their website: http://www.worldcancerday.org/