World Cancer Day 2018
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells which can affect any part of the body. While many cancerous tumors can be removed by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, it still remains a major medical issue in the world today. World Cancer Day explores how everyone collectively and individually can contribute to reducing the global effects of cancer. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) proposes that raising awareness, educating the public and pressing governments and individuals to take action against cancer, could prevent millions of deaths worldwide. This is the aim of World Cancer Day.
The theme for World Cancer Day 2018 is: We Can. I Can.
This year, the World Cancer Day campaign highlights the importance of empowering persons to take action to reduce the impacts of cancer. All members of the public are encouraged to reflect on what they can do as an individual to support the fight against cancer, whether this involves making a pledge or donation, engaging in research or making lifestyle changes. The idea that each person can do something to contribute to the fight against cancer is the highlight of the World Cancer Day 2018 campaign. “We Can. I Can” make a difference!
What Can You Do?
Individuals are encouraged to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles in order to lower the risk of cancer. The American Cancer Society specifically suggests avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, eating healthy and limiting alcohol intake. In addition to this, it is recommended that persons regularly get tested for certain cancers. Women over the age of 30 should get tested for cervical cancer every 5 years and women over 45 should get tested for breast cancer every 2 years. Men over the age of 50 should consider getting tested for prostate cancer as well as colon cancer. Early detection is important to be able to effectively treat cancer patients and increase the chance of survival.
In Saint Lucia, various organisations have been formed to support persons diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones. These include “Faces of Cancer” and “The Saint Lucia Cancer Society”. Donations to these organisations could go a long way in assisting persons affected by cancer. Additionally, when a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, one of the most helpful things one can do is to provide them with emotional support. Together we can all play a part in the fight against cancer; for our loved ones and ourselves.