I have never met a person who would argue the benefits of cancer. It is a horrible disease that tragically claims the lives of far too many every year. But there is hope. Today is World Cancer Day – a day to dispel the myths surrounding cancer. To better inform the public about cancer is target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration.
“World Cancer Declaration aims by 2020 is to have:
- effective cancer control programmes
- reduced risk factors such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption and obestity
- universal vaccination programmes
- a better informed public
- improved diagnosis methods
- universally available pain control
- improved training for medical staff
- better survival rates for cancer patients
To reach these targets we will take action to:
- place cancer on the political agenda
- improve cancer prevention and early detection
- enhance access to and treatment for cancer patients”
The 4 main myths that are focused on for today are:
Cancer is just a health issue Yes, it’s a tragic health issue, but it also has far-reaching effects on economies.
Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries Disease cares not for status and wealth. Cancer is also a problem in lesser developed countries – but unlike us, they rarely have the medical supplies needed to deal with it effectively. We need to help them.
Cancer is a death sentence Cancer can be cured
Cancer is my fate More than 1 in every 3 cancers are preventable
The following info graphs are from the World Cancer website.