Today is World Cancer Day, where those fighting cancer across the world come together to raise awareness of the disease, and what needs to be done so that the work can go on to beat it. As Theodore Roosevelt said ‘believe you can, and you’re half way there.’
Well I don’t know if we are half way there; there’s certainly been a lot of progress, but there’s a lot more to be done. Statistics published today reveal for the first time that cancer is the biggest cause of death worldwide, with 8.2 million people dying per year. So the global cancer epidemic is huge and expected to rise. Cases of cancer are predicted to increase to 19.3 million by 2025 on a worldwide scale!
Inevitably, given the harm cancer has done all over the world, the debates surrounding cancer tend to focus on the treatment to cure those who struck down by it. But this year World Cancer Day is also looking at how cancers can be prevented. Much has been done, and will continue to be done, by organisations like World Cancer Research Fund International to raise awareness of the fact that a healthy lifestyle – a nutritious diet, physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight – can help prevent about a third of the most common cancers and World Cancer Day is a great way of taking that forward. But there is also a huge amount of work being done in the research community to help people stopping getting cancer in the first place.
You might not think leukaemia and other blood cancers can be prevented. It’s certainly true that currently there aren’t the strong lifestyle links of other cancers, such as smoking and lung cancer, being overweight and bowel and breast cancer, or the many cancers in which excessive alcohol consumption can play a part.
Much has been done to advance our knowledge of cancer and get us closer to the day when it will no longer have such a dreadful impact on people’s lives or be such a burden on health services. However there is still much to be done. This is why World Cancer Research Fund International are calling on world leaders to help prevent and control cancer by urgently implementing the World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases to achieve the 25 x 25 target: a 25% reduction in premature deaths from non communicable diseases, including cancer, globally by 2025. To help countries implement the Plan, World Cancer Research Fund International has developed a framework to make clear where countries should be taking action.
World Cancer Day is also a good day to think about what we, as individuals, can do in our own lives and lifestyles to be and feel healthier. A great opportunity to start living a healthier life, and raise crucial funds for life saving research at the same time.
I still doubt how far Mauritius medical hub has been and is of great help in these situation…Hoping soon to exposing the high cost of our public medical system on the poor population when those of high profile trust only overseas hospitals and clinics.
We live in a universe devoted to the creation and eradication, of awareness. Many I knew, kids, adolescent or adult, did not die after a lengthy battle with cancer but rather after a lengthy battle with human consciousness as victims. We accept the cures with the promise of future struggles, quit not for the universe’s need to make and unmake all that is possible.
I stand up for everyone struggling with cancer today…Family, friends, compassionate caregivers, researches and above all- victims. My special thoughts to Urvashee, Kelina, Adarsh, Cynthia who passed away last year and to Ashif, Davisha, Oushma, Fardeen, Damien, Fabriano, Nishtee, Jessen who are still struggling even at their young age. A big up to Valérie Sénèque for her withstand and high spirit to combat cancer. A cry of hope titled ” Kanser ” by Valérie Sénèque and Zulu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLnpdpIdIBY
My Salute beautiful warriors !
” What Cancer Cannot Do ” Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love,
It cannot shatter hope,
It cannot corrode faith,
It cannot destroy peace,
It cannot kill friendship,
It cannot suppress memories,
It cannot silence courage,
It cannot invade the soul,
It cannot steal eternal life,
It cannot conquer the spirit..