World Cancer Day: February 4

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The World Cancer Day celebrates the champions who fought cancer and are living a healthy life today. It commemorates the untiring efforts of doctors and scientist finding a cure for this malaise that is the cause of 13% of deaths world wide.

Each on of us has lost someone close to us cancer. We may also know someone who is right now struggling with cancer. This is the day to pick up the phone and call them.

Don’t feel sorry for them as they don’t need your sympathy but what they need is your love, understanding and support.

As per data of the Union for International Cancer Control, approximately 47% of cancer cases and 55% of cancer deaths occur in less developed regions of the world. The situation is predicted to get worse: by 2030, if current trends continue, cancer cases will increase by 81% in developing countries. By 2030, 60-70% of the estimated 21.4 million new cancer cases per year are predicted to occur in developing countries.

Today resolve to take care of yourself and your loved ones against this disease. Have regular checkups

World Cancer Day 2013 (4 February 2013) will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer – Did you know?”.

World Cancer Day is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.

A few of the myth and facts are:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Myth: Cancer is my fate. Truth: With the right strategies, at least 30% of cancer cases can be prevented based on current knowledge.

For more information visit World Cancer Day

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