February 4, World Cancer Day, was created by the Union for International Cancer Control in 2000 with the aim of decreasing cancer cases around the globe. One in six deaths is caused by this disease so, the UICC’s mission is well worth the work they are putting in. The group’s objectives are two-fold, the primary being to educate the public on prevention methods and the later, to ask the government to make life-saving treatment accessible to a broader population.
This year is the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day. For the last three years, the theme has been, and is, “I am, and I will: You are the hero of your story.” The theme calls individuals to recognize their strength in the fight against cancer and take little steps towards what can seem like an insurmountable goal. In alignment with this theme, we are sharing statics on the impact of this disease and some ways you can act against it.
According to the National Cancer Institute, just shy of 2 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. Roughly 610,000 individuals die from cancer, the majority being male. This is not surprising as cancer is the leading cause of death. If these numbers are not terrifying enough, 38.4% of the world’s population will be diagnosed with the disease during there lifetime.
Preventing cancer starts with understanding common signs and symptoms. It also requires that individuals check themselves and their loved ones for them as early detection can lead to a greater chance of survival. Certain cancers are linked to the use of tobacco, diets high in processed foods, and overexposure to the sun. Avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and protecting oneself from the sun can lower the chances of contracting this disease. It is also a good idea to schedule a checkup with your physicians. Some cancers are hard to detect and may require screening by a professional.
Doing Your Part
The UICC is asking individuals to donate in honor of World Cancer Day. The group is providing an alternative to monetary donations this year. For those who may not be able to make a financial contribution, the UICC asks for a donation of time. Individuals should spend this time sharing cancer-related stories across social media platforms. The stories should highlight an individual’s connection to cancer, whether it be direct or indirect.
Cancer-Centered Clinical Experiences
Interested in treating patients with Cancer? Oncology could be a good medical specialty for you to consider. AMOpportunities offers a number of clinical experiences in oncology with the most noteworthy taking place at the University of Miami. Our University of Miami Internal Medicine/Oncology clinical experience allows participants to work with a board-certified oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as they diagnose and treat patients in both the clinic and hospital setting. Visitors may also attend lectures and observe tumor boards if available.
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