Monday, February 03, 2014

Tomorrow is World Cancer Day

We closed off with Dorothy Du Plooy - Executive Manager for the CANSA Southern Business Unit. We were talking about World Cancer Day. It is said that Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world. The World Health Organisation estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention. Each year on the 4th of February, the World Health Organisation supports International Union Against Cancer to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. Preventing cancer and raising quality of life for cancer patients are recurring themes. This year's theme is “Debunk the myths.” The theme aims to dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer. CANSA believes it’s important to make people aware of the risk factors and ways to reduce the cancer risk since more than 30% of cancers can be prevented. They also believe that due to fear and ignorance cancer becomes a bigger problem than it needs to be as many South Africans have preconceived ideas of what cancer is and whom it affects. One of the biggest myths is that cancer is a death sentence which in actual fact is not. For further information you can contact CANSA on (021) 689 5347 or visit www.cansa.org.za

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