World Cancer Day

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Introduction

World Cancer Day celebrated every year on February 4th, is a significant day that unites people from across the globe in their collective efforts to battle cancer and spread awareness around it. This day serves to educate on preventative actions and also helps in building a sense of unity in overcoming one of the major health hazards today. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is the second cause of death in the world. Around 1300 Indians lose their battle with cancer every day. Statistics indicate that 8.1 million new cases of cancer have been reported annually since 1990. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) observes World Cancer Day every year, and it serves as a constant reminder that everyone needs to join hands in the fight against cancer. On this occasion, let’s learn more about the disease.

Why World Cancer Day is Important?

What is the significance of World Cancer Day? This day equips the population worldwide with appropriate knowledge of this disease, through which they may reduce their risk of cancer and help others by further spreading this knowledge. This can contribute to a global decline in the cancer rate. Due to increased awareness, the number of cancer survivors is growing, and more than 40% of the cancers affecting individuals today can be cured. This is probably the outcome of the last ten years’ efforts to better understand and research cancer, which have led to advancements in every facet of the battle against it.

Raises Awareness about Cancer

World Cancer Day plays a pivotal role in raising awareness about cancer, dispelling myths, and fostering a greater understanding of the disease. Cancer mortality rates can be lowered by 30–50% and the incidence of the disease can be decreased by raising knowledge of associated risk factors and screenings. Many individuals don’t know that smoking and obesity, in particular, are important lifestyle and environmental variables that contribute to the development of most cancers, and they’re also not sure how to prevent it from occurring.

By providing accurate information and encouraging open conversations, the day aims to reduce stigma associated with cancer and empower individuals to make informed decisions about their health.

Focus on Prevention and Detection of Cancer

Prevention and early detection are crucial components in the fight against cancer. Early detection of malignant or precancerous growths can not only save lives but also reduce the accompanying medical expenses and psychological burden of necessary treatments. World Cancer Day emphasizes the significance of regular screenings, health check-ups, and lifestyle changes to identify cancer at its earliest stages when treatment is most effective. Education on risk factors and the importance of a healthy lifestyle takes center stage to prevent the onset of cancer.

Fight Against Cancer

Significant advancements in the study of cancer biology in recent years have led to improvements in cancer detection, understanding of different types and causes, diagnosis, and therapy. Unfortunately, though, most people still do not have access to the whole range of essential health services, which include treatment for chronic diseases, routine vaccines and care for expectant mothers and newborns. We may advance towards health equality by promoting cancer prevention, educating medical professionals about how disparities impact cancer care, and implementing successful community-based initiatives. The day serves as a rallying point for individuals, communities, governments, and organizations to come together in the fight against cancer. From fundraising events to educational campaigns, World Cancer Day provides a platform for diverse initiatives aimed at improving cancer outcomes, supporting patients, and advancing research.

Global Impact

World Cancer Day is significant because of its global influence in unifying individuals, organizations, and governments against the widespread menace of cancer. In order to address the problems this disease presents on a global level, this day acts as a catalyst for group action and a sense of shared responsibility. World Cancer Day contributes to an international movement that aims to lessen the burden of cancer by promoting preventative measures, increasing awareness, and funding research projects.

What Are the Ways to Prevent Cancer?

It is known that modifying one’s lifestyle might prevent 40% of cancer cases. The use of tobacco products, having a high body mass index (BMI), drinking alcohol, eating low amounts of fruits and vegetables, and not exercising can all contribute to cancer-related fatalities. Here are some ways in which you can completely safeguard yourself against cancer or, at least, lessen its risk:

Tobacco Use: Chewing tobacco or smoking is responsible for about 22 percent of cancer cases, the highest percentage compared to other causes. The two crucial steps in the prevention of cancer are quitting smoking and keeping away from secondhand smoke. Campaigns on harm from tobacco and the availability of smoking cessation programs also contribute.

Limit the Amount of Alcohol: There are certain types of tumors with which alcohol use is very closely associated, including those affecting the breast, tongue, throat, esophagus, colon liver, and intestines. The recommended maximum amount of alcohol consumption per day for women is only one drink while men can consume two, as advised by experts. If individuals are at high risk for any of the cancers discussed above, they might want to consider discussing with their doctors whether decreasing or even stopping alcohol use altogether could reduce their cancer risk.

Obesity: Obesity is the next most prevalent cause of cancer. Obesity can be the cause of thirteen different cancers, which include pancreatic, intestinal, and breast cancer. Having a healthy lifestyle involving physical exercises and a balanced diet controls weight and reduces the chances of getting cancer.

Protect Your Skin from UV Radiation: The risk of skin cancer is increased by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. Skin cancer can be prevented with some measures, such as wearing protective clothes, applying sunscreen, and avoiding extended sun exposure during peak hours.

Physical Inactivity: Regular exercise lowers the chance of developing multiple cancers and aids in maintaining a healthy weight. The general health of an individual and prevention of cancer can be greatly improved by including exercise in everyday routine.

Diet: The prevalence of various cancers can rise with a lack of nutrition. Consuming large amounts of processed meats, red meat, and salts, or those that are rich in calories but low in nutrients, can raise the risk of cancer. A well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provides essential nutrients and antioxidants that support overall health. Limiting the consumption of processed foods, red meat, and alcohol contributes to a lower risk of developing certain types of cancer.

Take Precautions Against Cancer-Causing Viruses: Certain viruses, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B and C, are associated with an increased risk of cancer. Vaccination against these viruses and practicing safe habits, such as using protection during sexual activity, can significantly reduce the risk of related cancers.

Conclusion

World Cancer Day, therefore, serves as an important reminder that the battle against cancer is a shared responsibility. Individuals and communities around the world can contribute significantly to cancer awareness, prevention, and care. If the global community manages to increasingly rely on education, healthy lifestyles, and further research into the causes of cancer, it will be possible to create a future where the risk of cancer is almost entirely eliminated.

On the occasion of World Cancer Day, Omni Hospitals reaffirm their pledge to fight cancer with awareness, prevention, and treatment. On this World Cancer Day, we are resolved to the cause of cancer awareness and treatment. Omni Hospitals has state-of-the-art facilities and a team of doctors dedicated to contributing to this global initiative toward the creation of a cancer-free world.