The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has declared February 4th World Cancer Day. The purpose of the day is to unite the world for the fight against cancer. They aim to save millions by educating and having people take action. Their goal for this year is to reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer.
Currently, there are four myths that World Cancer Day wishes to clear up:
We Don't Need to Talk About Cancer
By talking about cancer, people can learn about the causes and may identify if they have a form of cancer. If one does have cancer, talking about it can help cancer patience deal with cancer. Cancer needs to be discussed so everyone can move forward in finding a cure and seeking treatment.
Cancer...There Are No Signs Or Symptoms
This has a lot to do with the first myth. If we are talking and are aware of some signs to various cancers, we might be able to catch early signs of cancer and get treatment early.
There Is Nothing I Can Do About Cancer
There is a lot that you can do. For yourself, saying away from smoking can prevent lung cancer. Living a healthy life can help you not develop cancer, but not in all cases. In addition, giving to charitable organizations will help others with cancer and help find a cure.
I Don't Have The Right to Cancer Care
With proper research and education, one can be treated if one has cancer. Many organizations exist that can help you through treatment. Cancer is not always a death sentence.
With consideration of the myths, remember to be generous to cancer organizations this World Cancer Day. Hopefully we can see a day where cancer is a thing of the past.