Monday, 4 February 2013

World Cancer Day 4 February 2013

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 The World Cancer Research Fund global network is delighted to support World Cancer Day organised by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).  What do you think causes cancer? We went out on the streets to ask...

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World Cancer Day 2013 (4 February 2013) will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer - Did you know?”. World Cancer Day is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. From a global level, we will be focusing our messaging on the four myths above. In addition to being in-line with our global advocacy goals, we believe these overarching myths leave a lot of flexibility for members, partners and supporters to adapt and expand on for their own needs.

Cancer myths: get the facts

Many people believe that cancer is just ‘bad luck’ or ‘fate’.
The truth is:
  • About 2.8 million cases of cancer could be prevented globally every year through choosing a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Prevention is the most cost-effective and sustainable way of reducing the cancer burden in the long-term.
  • Global, regional and national policies and programmes need to help support people to make better lifestyle choices if cancers caused by alcohol, unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity are to be reduced.
To find out more about other common cancer myths and get the truth see:
Myth 1: Cancer is just a health issue

Myth 1: Cancer is just a health issue

Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide-reaching social, economic, development, and human rights implications.
Myth 2: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries

Myth 2: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries

Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic. It affects all ages and socio-economic groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden.
Myth 3: Cancer is a death sentence

Myth 3: Cancer is a death sentence

Truth: Many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people, their cancer can be treated effectively.
Myth 4: Cancer is my fate

Myth 4: Cancer is my fate

Truth: With the right strategies, a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.
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