FEBRUARY 4th World Cancer Day
January 30, 2020
FEBRUARY 4th World Cancer Day
4th of FEBRUARY is a special day for many people in the world all over. This is not like other celebration days when gifts, cards, greetings are exchanged, and festivities happen. There are no crackers, to burst or flowers to distribute. There are no special treats or foods or parties. This is the day to remind ourselves, of the looming danger overall us today and for our next generations in the future. The change in our lifestyle has just not changed our diet, habits, way of living, appearances, behaviors but penetrated into the very deep and ultimate core of our beings – the genes.
These changes in genes have brought in a tendency of indiscipline in our cells, total autonomy, tendency to ignore the natural calls for control, and body limits. Yes, you have guessed it right, we are talking about cancer!
Friends, today 4th February is world cancer day. World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.
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. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) estimates that India is likely to register over
17 lakh new cases and report over 8 lakh deaths by 2020.
The numbers listed above are alarming, yet one of the main goals of World Cancer Day is for people around the world to be aware that a cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence.
Today, some cancers that were once considered deadly are treatable (and in some cases, curable). However, also according to WHO, as many as 40 percents of deaths from cancer are preventable. The advancements in understanding risk factors, along with prevention, early detection and rapid treatment have improved cancer management. This year’s theme is ‘I Am And I Will’, encouraging people to make a personal commitment – individuals can change the future of cancer.
How people can help themselves:
- Make healthy lifestyle choices that include avoiding using tobacco products, getting plenty of physical activity, eating a healthy diet & limiting alcohol.
- Maintain a healthy body weight – being overweight or obese can increase your risk of many common cancers
- Know about the signs and symptoms of cancer and early detection guidelines because finding cancer early often makes it easier to treat.
- Share stories about their own cancer experiences communicate with decision-makers and join support groups to help make a positive change for all people affected by cancer.
How people can help others:
- Support cancer patients and survivors with the physical and emotional impacts of cancer even after treatment ends.
- Educate themselves and others about the link between certain lifestyle behaviors – including smoking, poor diet, and lack of physical activity & cancer risk.
- Dispel rumors and myths that lead to stigma and discrimination against people with cancer in some communities.
- Encourage schools and workplaces to implement nutrition, physical activity, and no smoking policies that help people adopt healthy habits for life.
Dr Vimalathithan, Surgical Oncologist says
Cancer is a lifestyle disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc. Therefore it is very much preventable, You have the power to reduce your cancer risk by one-third by simply by adopting healthy lifestyle like Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, avoid red meat and processed meat, maintain ideal body weight, exercise well, don’t use tobacco follow healthy sexual habits, vaccinate against infections, and let mothers breastfeed the newborn.