Today is World Cancer Day. This is a day that unites people, communities & entire countries to raise awareness & take action.
Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except leukaemia. If left untreated, tumours can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body.
Key Cancer Facts
📌10 million people die from cancer every year.
📌At least 1/3 of common cancers are preventable.
📌Cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide
📌70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
📌Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by implementing strategies for prevention, early detection & treatment.
Cancers can be caused by a number of different factors. It is important to remember that not all cancers can be prevented. However, around 1/3 of cancer cases can be prevented by reducing behavioural & dietary risks.
Help Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer:
🍷Alcohol –Evidence suggests that , the more alcohol drinks people consume, the higher the risk of many cancers.
🍔Being overweight – Excess weight has been linked to an increased risk of developing 12 different cancers.
🏃♀️Excerise – Regular exercise helps to reduce excess body fat & the cancer risks associated with this.
🚬Tobacco – Tobacco smoke contains at least 80 different cancer-causing substances. When smoke is inhaled the chemicals enter the lungs, pass into the blood stream & are transported throughout the body.
☀️Radiation – Manmade sources of radiation can cause cancer. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiations from the sun and tanning beds can also lead to skin cancers.
🍎Diet and nutrition – Experts suggest that diets & nutritional intake, particularly diets high in red meats, processed meats & low in fruits & vegetables have an impact on cancer risks.
✔️Early Detection Testing- Early Screening Tests means testing for early signs of cancer before people have any symptoms. If cancer is detected at an early stage, it is easier to treat & there is a better chance of survival.