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World Cancer Day Is Celebrated With The Theme “I Can, We Can”

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World Cancer Day is observed every year, on the 4th of February, to create awareness about cancer. The theme for the year 2020 is “I can, We can”. Cancer occurs due to the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells in the tissues or organs of the body.


This year’s theme, “I can, we can” acknowledges that everyone has the capacity to address the cancer burden. We can work together to reduce cancer risk factors. Also, we can overcome barriers to early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. We can work together to improve cancer control and achieve global targets to reduce premature mortality from cancer and NCD’s (non-communicable disease).


Between 30-50% of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer. National policies and programmes should be implemented to raise awareness, to reduce exposure to cancer risk factors, and to ensure that people are provided with the information and support they need to adopt healthy lifestyles.


Worldwide, tobacco use is the single greatest avoidable risk factor for cancer mortality. However, it kills approximately 6 million people each year, from cancer and other diseases. Tobacco smoke has more than 7000 chemicals; at least 250 are known to be harmful, and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.


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Early diagnosis of cancer generally increases the chances for successful treatment by focusing on detecting symptomatic patients as early as possible. Delays in accessing cancer care are common with the late-stage presentation, particularly in lower resource settings and vulnerable populations.


World Cancer Day Is Celebrated With The Theme "I Can, We Can"


The consequences of delayed or inaccessible cancer care are the lower likelihood of survival, greater morbidity of treatment and higher costs of care, resulting in avoidable deaths and disability from cancer. Early diagnosis improves cancer outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage and is, therefore, an important public health strategy in all settings.


After active treatment for cancer, a plan can be developed to monitor for cancer recurrence or spread, follow-up for and management of health problems related to cancer diagnosis or cancer treatment and assess for development of other types of cancer. These services include routine examinations and/or tests. They are important in managing the consequences of cancer diagnosis and treatment.


World Cancer Day Is Celebrated With The Theme "I Can, We Can"


Early detection is the key to surviving cancer. Go for routine checks, and always bear it in mind that “Health is wealth”.


Our heart goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one to cancer. Also, to every survivor of cancer, we give you a big thumbs up. You made it!


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