Cancer is a neoplastic disease that affects the following parts of the human body: Colon, Liver, Cervix, Lungs, Rectum, Larnyx, Pharynx, Esophagus, Breasts,Prostrate glands, Uterus, Ovary, Skin, Pancreas, Kidney, etc. It comes as a result of a malignant growth or tumor caused as a result of an abnormal or irrepressible cell division. If not discovered at an early stage, cancer could spread to other parts of the human body through the lymph vessels or the blood stream. This shows how dangerous a canker it is.
WHO IS SUSCEPTIBLE TO CANCER?
According to a report by the World Health Organization, Cancer affects everyone – the young and old, the rich and poor, men, women and children – and represents a tremendous burden on patients, families and societies. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world, particularly in developing countries.
GLOBAL CANCER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
There are millions of people who have died of cancer globally. Many more are currently battling with various kinds of cancer and have little or no hope of survival and some are at risk of getting diagnosed of cancer in the interim.
Today, February 4th, I join the whole world and the entire cancer community to celebrate the ‘World Cancer Day’ 2015.
The World Cancer Day is an annual observance held on February 4 that is intended to increase global awareness of cancer.It originated in the year 2000 at the first World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris, France. At this meeting, leaders of government agencies and cancer organizations from across the globe signed the Charter of Paris Against Cancer, a document containing 10 articles that outlined a cooperative global commitment to improving the quality of life of cancer patients and to the continued investment in and advancement of cancer research, prevention and treatment.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if the incidence of cancer continues to grow at the reported rate, the number of deaths worldwide from cancer will increase to more than 13.1 million by 2030. However, as many as 40 percent of deaths from cancer are preventable according to the WHO. As a result, raising awareness of cancer prevention has become a spectacular goal of many cancer and health organizations around the world, and World Cancer Day has come to represent an annual reaffirmation of the importance of this goal.
The International Union Against Cancer (UICC), an organization dedicated to increasing global cancer awareness, coordinates World Cancer Day and is supported in this effort by WHO and other international organizations.
It is important to note that getting cancer is not just a mischance, but more of exposure to certain known cancer risk factors. Discovering these risk factors and avoiding them is a sure way to stay free from cancer.
On this day, I advocate that the government of nations should step up their game and support the cancer patients in their countries. They need a ray of hope, and this can be achieved if they are shown some affection, giving them a sense of belonging and not just ostracizing them.
There is great need for us as individuals to raise awareness of cancer and encourage all around you to be conscious and always go for regular cancer screening tests.
The Not Beyond Us” tagline adopted for this year’s World Cancer Day, highlights the fact that there are many practical things that can be done as individuals and as communities to reduce the burden of cancer.