Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Thursday is World Cancer Day


Thursday this week is World Cancer Day. 

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, with an annual death toll of approximately 10 million people every year.  In Canada, cancer is the leading cause of death (responsible for 30% of all deaths).  It is estimated that 83,300 cancer deaths occurred in Canada in the year 2020. 

What can you do to help the fight against cancer?  Here are 3 things anyone can do (and are more important than ever during this pandemic): 

(1)  follow the medical advice to help reduce your own cancer risk- don’t smoke, limit alcohol consumption, exercise regularly, avoid exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation etc.  And be proactive in ensuring you get cancer screening when appropriate, whether it be to seek medical advice about new, changing or unusual skin growths, doing regular breast self-examinations or fecal immunochemical testsWhen it comes to cancer an early diagnosis improves the prognosis!

(2) Celebrate the virtues of a healthy and informed lifestyle with family and loved ones.  You might help save their life! 

(3) Offer your support and understanding to those who have a cancer diagnosis.    

To learn more about World Cancer Day, and get involved, please see their website and help spread the word on Thursday:  https://www.worldcancerday.org/about-us