Cancer-free future – World Cancer Day

Empower & Inspire: Spread Health & Wellness

This World Cancer Day, WHO urges all governments to act now to detect breast cancer earlier, diagnose it faster, treat it better and give everyone with breast cancer the hope of a cancer-free future.

“On the occasion of World Cancer Day 2023, we stand together against a devastating disease that affects all of us. At WHO we are committed to closing the cancer care gap—particularly in women’s and children’s cancers.”

“Our new Global Breast Cancer Initiative Framework is launched. It’s a roadmap for generational investment, focusing on health promotion for early detection, timely diagnosis and comprehensive management – all founded on universal health coverage. Implementing these strategies could save 2.5 million lives from breast cancer by 2040” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros.

World Cancer Day is observed annually on February 4th to raise awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The aim of the day is to reduce the global burden of cancer and to inspire action across the world to make progress against the disease.

10 most prevalent cancer types in the world:

  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Leukemia

Diet, exercise, and lifestyle play an important role in cancer prevention. However, it’s important to note that not all cancers are preventable, and the exact ways in which these factors may affect different types of cancer can vary. Here is a general overview:

Diet: A diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins and low in processed foods, red meat, and sugar can reduce the risk of various cancers, including colorectal, breast, and endometrial cancers. A diet that is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and low in saturated fat and calories may help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers, such as breast and endometrial cancers.

Exercise: Regular physical activity has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, including breast, colon, and endometrial cancers. Exercise can also help maintain a healthy weight, which is important in reducing the risk of many types of cancer.

Lifestyle: Avoiding tobacco use and limiting alcohol consumption can significantly reduce the risk of various cancers, including lung, oral, breast, and liver cancers. Exposure to the sun and to other sources of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, such as tanning beds, can increase the risk of skin cancer. Protecting your skin from UV radiation by wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen, and seeking shade can help reduce this risk.

These general tips may reduce the risk of some cancers, but they are not guaranteed to prevent cancer. It’s also important to maintain regular cancer screenings and follow the advice of a healthcare professional.

Enjoy cancer-free future.

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