Today, the world unites to raise awareness and fight cancer. Celebrated every February 4, World Cancer Day is a global initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) that seeks to improve collective knowledge around cancer while challenging misconceptions around the disease. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Debunk the Myths.” The UICC is concentrating specifically dispelling four myths:
Myth 1: We don’t need to talk about cancer.
- The truth: While cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community, and policy level.
Myth 2: Cancer… There are no signs or symptoms.
- The truth: For many cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.
Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer.
- The truth: There is a lot that can be done at an individual, community, and policy level. Additionally, the UICC points out that with the right strategies, a third of the most common cancers can be prevented. Healthy behaviors like avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating right and getting enough exercise, and getting appropriate cancer screening tests can all make a significant difference.
Myth 4: I don’t have the right to cancer care.
- The truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.
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