4th February is World Cancer Day, and this year, the charity behind the annual event, Union for International Cancer Control, is launching a three-year campaign to raise awareness of the importance of catching the disease early.
Last year, nearly 18 million cases of cancer were diagnosed, according to Union for International Cancer Control. Of these, nearly 5 million were breast, cervical, colorectal and oral cancers, which "could have been detected faster and treated more effectively," the organization said.
Instead of a disease, cancer is an expression used to describe more than 200 different diseases. Cancer occurs when normal cells grow abnormally and form a tumor or in the case of blood cancer, where an unusual number of white blood cells are formed. An untreated tumor can affect how the body works and leads to death.
By being screened regularly, alleviating the disease quickly and starting treatment as quickly as possible, patients have a significantly better chance of living for at least five years after their diagnosis and maintaining their quality of life, the highlighted charity. partly because it can prevent tumor spread and allow the disease to become advanced. It can also make it easier and cheaper for doctors to treat.
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But despite positive opportunities to spot cancer early, many factors can stand in the way, from socio-economic disadvantages to social taboos and even physical barriers. For example, male sex norms can prevent men from having cancer from seeking help, but encouragement from loved ones can cut through this. Union for International Cancer Control said.
Fear of cancer is also a problem with a study from 2018 in the UK cited by the organization revealing one in four people do not go to the doctor because they are afraid of being told they have the disease. Meanwhile, lack of understanding and difficulty communicating signs and symptoms among the youngest can make the diagnosis of early childhood cancer tough.
Under the banner #IAmandIWill, organizers encourage individuals to do their bit to reduce the impact of the disease, whether it is donating money, translating campaign materials, so that cancer information is more accessible or hosting fundraisers.
Onus is not only on potential patients. Organizers in the world of cancer day emphasize that healthcare professionals and legislators are responsible for improving access to healthcare and raising awareness of symptoms.
Dr. Cary Adams, CEO of the Union for International Cancer Control, commented in a statement: "This World Cancer Day, we want people to know that many cancers can be managed and even cured, especially if they are detected and treated as early as possible. By discovering cancer at the earliest stage, we take the greatest opportunity to prevent millions of avoidable deaths worldwide. "