World Cancer Day is marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The international day is a project of the, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, the 2008 document signed by nearly every country in the world that pledges support to reduce death and illness caused by cancer by 2020.
The theme of 2013 day is “Cancer-Did You Know” and is focused on dispelling some of the common myths surrounding cancer. Individuals and communities are encouraged to shed light on four key cancer ‘myths’ and the corresponding ‘truth’ via the UICC World Cancer Day App.
You can Download the App and play your part in reducing the unacceptable burden of cancer by visiting their Facebook page at: https://apps.facebook.com/world_cancer_day
An example of some of the myths that World Cancer Day are trying to tackle include:
- Myth: Cancer is just a health issue
Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide reaching social, economic, development and human rights implications
- Myth: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries
Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic, affecting all ages and socio-economic groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden
- Myth: Cancer is a Death sentence
Truth: many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people their cancer can now be treated effectively
- Myth: Cancer is my fate
With the right strategies, at least 30% of cancer cases can be prevented based on current knowledge
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