World Cancer Day: now is the time to act

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The Panamerican Health Organization, during the World Cancer Day, will focus on the issue of cervical cancer

World Cancer Day: now is the time to act

The World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), recognize February the 4th as World Cancer Day with the aim of promoting measures aimed at reducing the global burden of this disease.

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It aims to raise awareness about cancer among the general population and pressure governments to take action against this disease, says the portal Junts against cancer.

Currently, according to the WHO, cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality worldwide and is expected to increase. According to the UICC, 8.2 million people in the world die of cancer.

In addition, regarding prevention, treatment and palliative care, inequalities between people from different backgrounds are increasing.

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This year, the Pan American Health Organization, during World Cancer Day, will focus on cervical cancer, one of the most common cancers among women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

However, PAHO understands that the HPV vaccine, screening, and treatment of precancerous lesions can prevent cervical cancer, so they encourage all women to become informed and take control of their health.

'I am and I think'

This year 2019 the campaign 'I am and I think' will be launched, an action that calls for personal commitment and celebrates the power of the individual actions taken now to impact in the future.

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The purpose that everyone believes, from their role, their own publication with a personal message of commitment, using this slogan and sharing it in social networks as a sign of support.

What else can I do?

The World Health Organization says that 40% of cancers could be avoided by exercising regularly and not using tobacco.

In addition, according to the illustrated newspaper, a healthy diet with an adequate supply of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains is associated with a protective effect in the appearance of cancer. That is why, if we all join and commit to incorporate a healthy diet and lifestyles, we can generate a change that contributes not only to prevent the onset of cancer, but also other diseases.

LatinAmerican Post | Luisa Fernanda Báez

Translated from "Día mundial contra el cáncer: el momento de actuar es ahora"

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