Show Your Support on World Cancer Day, Today!


Today, on 4 February 2012, is declared by WHO as World Cancer Day.

Let’s show our support to every cancer sufferers and survivors by sharing love and affection to them.

Let’s support cancer researches and educations by giving donations or get involved to educate people, especially our family and friends on how to prevent and heal cancer.

And the most important, let’s create a healthier environment for everyone by lobbying the government for change, persuading a healthier lifestyle to others,and decreasing the amount of toxic substances in the food we eat and in the water we drink.

Key Facts About Cancer

  • Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008.
  • Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.
  • The most frequent types of cancer differ between men and women.
  • About 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.
  • Cancer causing viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
  • About 70% of all cancer deaths in 2008 occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030.

Both of my grandma died of cancer (one because of liver cancer and another because of ovarian cancer) and my mother is a breast cancer survivor.  It makes cancer very close to my family discussions.

Cancer is one of the most deadly illness and one of the most sufferers in the world. Lung cancer have the highest sufferer in the world (that’s why I mention that protecting our lungs to pollutants in air is very important), following with stomach and liver cancer.

A Worldwide Problem

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. The main types of cancer are:

  • lung (1.37 million deaths)
  • stomach (736 000 deaths)
  • liver (695 000 deaths)
  • colorectal (608 000 deaths)
  • breast (458 000 deaths)
  • cervical cancer (275 000 deaths) (3).

About 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million in 2030.

Today, let’s declare to start protecting our self and the people we love, stand up for cancer!

P.S. : Thanks to WHO for the data, which you can read in full version here, and if you want to understand more about cancer, visit IARC and CDC website now.

About Pradisty

A keen observer. A lifelong learner. Bookish but not bespectacled.

Posted on February 4, 2012, in Health, Science and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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