You probably know someone intimately or distantly that has had the devastating blow of a cancer diagnosis. There are so many kinds—many unpronounceable—and so many different treatments that we sometimes throw all cancer into one big bin and just whisper thanksgivings that it’s not us this time. Cancer, in all its various forms is the leading cause of death worldwide. That is why the Union for International Cancer Control is taking action on a global scale on February 4, 2020.
Whether you have a close relative or friend dealing with a cancer diagnosis or you yourself are affected recently or previously, World Cancer Day is a chance for you to reach up and reach out.
I Am and I Will
The campaign theme for 2020 is I AM AND I WILL. This year on February 4 is your opportunity to take ownership of who you are (or who you’ll be) and what you will do to bring awareness to cancer. What are the most urgent issues relating to cancer in your walk of life? If you’re a woman, what type of cancer affects women most? If you’re a man?
If you’re a mother or father, what types of cancers might affect your children and what can you do to raise awareness of early detection and treatment?
Are you a schoolteacher? Counselor? Life coach? You can make an impact on the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of those touched by cancer.
Are you a tax preparer, accountant, investor, banker, or even a used car salesman? There are things you can do at your business and in your hometown to help with financial and economic burdens of those affected by cancer.
Are you on social media? Do you have a circle of friends? Do you have an audience in any way? You can share facts and stats. You can model behaviors that will help others detect, prevent, and/or survive cancer.
I am a writer and I will write about World Cancer Day for others to read.
I am a mother and I will put sunscreen and shirts on my children while we’re in the sun to prevent skin cancers.
I am a daughter and will encourage my parents to schedule a colonoscopy and mammogram at the appropriate ages to detect breast cancers and colorectal cancers.
I am a young woman with a circle of friends and I will set an example by having periodic cervical screenings and telling others about them.
I do not have to be a physician or a public figure to make a difference.
I am a person who cares and I will make a difference.
Quick Facts to Share with Others
- Over one-third of cancers are preventable
- Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide
- Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide
- Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women
- All cancers have a higher rate in countries with a higher human development (more developed countries)
We live in a highly developed country. We are all susceptible to illness and many of us have risk factors and don’t even realize it. Join the movement on World Cancer Day this February 4.