World Cancer day is observed every year on February 4 with an objective to create awareness about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer among the common people across the world.
Founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008 and as a part of World Cancer Campaign adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium on February 4, 2000, the main objective of World Cancer Day 2014 is to help in reducing the rate of Cancer and the number of deaths caused due to cancer every year at a significant rate by the year 2020. Since then, World cancer day has become a strong alliance between researchers, health-care professionals, patients, governments, industry partners and the media with an objective to fight cancer.
World Cancer Day 2014, also called World Cancer Awareness Day will once again continue with the last year campaign and would primarily focus on the on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration to dismiss the myths about cancer with the tagline "Debunk the myths".
UICC with the help of World Cancer Day Advisory Group, has identified 5 myths about cancer for the World Cancer Day 2014 will focus to debug these myths with the society and bring the truths related to cancer among the people. The 5 myths of Cancer and their truths as per the UICC are:
Myth 1: We don't need to talk about cancer
Truth: Although cancer is no doubt a difficult topic for discussion, but in some of the geographical areas and cultures where talking about cancer is not welcomed. But the fact is discussing about cancer openly can certainly help in improving outcomes at an individual, community and policy level.
Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer
Truth: It is a common perception about cancer that, it cannot be diagnosed as it does not show any signs or symptoms but the truth is many types of cancer shows early signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.
Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer
Truth: Most of the people think that Cancer is not curable and nothing can be done if anyone is affected with the disease, but there is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level and with the right strategies; a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.
Myth 4: I don't have the right to cancer care
Truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.
According to a 2008 data Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) that year, which has led to a major concern among the people all over the world. Thus keeping in mind the increasing concern of Cancer, many events and campaigns to create awareness about different aspects of cancer is organised on the World cancer Day by several government entities, private organisations, educational institutions, NGO's and other groups on different levels to join hands for fighting cancer. These events and campaigns are focussed to teach people about the causes of cancer, symptoms of cancer, different types of cancer and how to prevent cancer through different mediums such as television, radio, online and newspaper advertisements and articles aimed for the same cause.
So, let's join hands with World caner Day 2014 campaign in order to be a part of the campaign to fight cancer and eradicate the epidemic disease from the root forever.