One way or another, cancer affects nearly everyone. Every year on the 4th of February, the world unites in a global effort to raise awareness and education about cancer. World Cancer Day urges everyone – both individuals and governments – to take action.
Every year, 8.8 million people around the world die of cancer. About 4 million who die of cancer each year are between 30 and 69 years of age. But many cancers are preventable – according to World Cancer Day, up to one third of all cancers are preventable by adopting healthy behaviors.
Therefore, it’s important to create better awareness about cancer and how we – each and every one of us as individuals and communities – can help make a difference. That is why this year’s World Cancer Day slogan is “We can. I can”.
Be aware for early detection
It’s important to live as healthy as you can. For example, smoking, drinking alcohol and a lack of exercise are some of the major risk factors when for cancer.
But it’s not only important to keep healthy behaviors to help prevent some cancers, but also understand that it’s vital to check for early signs of cancer. Some cancers, like cervical cancer and prostate cancer, can be treated if they are found in their early stages.
Listening to your body and checking your health regularly is an important way of spotting signs of cancer early.
Cancer research matters
The only way of finding new cancer treatments and medications is through medical research. Cancer research helps investigate the causes of cancer, how it can be found early, and how to treat it – and in the future also hopefully a complete cure for all forms of cancer.
During the last couple of years, there have been some major developments in cancer research. Here are some exciting breakthroughs from the last year:
- Scientists in the US have developed a blood test that can screen for 8 different types of cancer, and even “helps identify the location of the disease”. Researchers now hope that blood test screening will make it easier to detect early-stage cancer in the future.
- An incredibly detailed 3D image of “DNA in action” could help researchers design cancer treatments in the future. It’s described by scientists as “a Van Gogh” due to its complexity and detail.
- By identifying “molecular fingerprints”, a new pen-like tool is said to find cancerous tissue with great precision.
The future of cancer research seems promising, and we can’t wait to see what new inventions and treatments it will bring. Together, we can all take action towards a better future and a possible cure for cancer. Will you join?