Saturday, 20 April, 2019

Monday marks World Cancer Day

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Celia Hoffman | 04 February, 2019, 20:08

The theme of this year is "I Am and I Will" and the three-year-old campaign not only aims to help those affected by it, but to shed light on how age, masculine gender norms, feelings of shame and fear, and poor health awareness contribute to the problem. 2021- "I am and I will' is an empowering call to action, asking individuals to make a personal commitment to help reduce the impact of cancer to impact the future".

Around 110 women die every day and 40,000 every year due to breast cancer in Pakistan which is alarming and demands us to act quickly and effectively to counter the menace. Get educated about their specific risk factors as well as when to start and how often to receive cancer screenings.

"We all know that early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to increase the chances of a good outcome for patients, but now nearly one in five patients are missing crucial cancer waiting times".

According to Croatian Institute of Public Health data (HZJZ), a fifth cycle of inviting women aged 50-59 to mammogram check-ups is under way as part of the National Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme. Also, these cancers diagnosed in China comprise between one third and one-half of the global incidence burden from lung, stomach, liver, and esophageal cancers. In Turkey, around 164,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, roughly 450 people on a daily basis. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. "By detecting cancer at its earliest stage, we seize the greatest opportunity to prevent millions of avoidable deaths worldwide".

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The day targets misinformation, raises awareness, and reduces stigma. One of these movements is #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have "hairticipants" shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment.

Pakistan's health sector does not contain enough facilities to provide service to all cancer patients. This is done by implementing systematic, equitable and evidence-based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and palliation using available resources.

Editor's note: Dr. Hu Kun is deputy secretary-general of the Academic Advisory Committee, Cancer Rehabilitation Society, Chinese Anti-cancer Association. All key stakeholders should be involved early in the planning stages, and national leadership is needed throughout the process.

While the condition, no matter what form, sounds aggressive and terminal, there are ways to prevent them and detect them early.

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