World Cancer Day
February 4th marks the day when the world comes together to take stock of the progress made in tackling an implacable foe: Cancer. It is a day that is set aside to create awareness of this disease, devise new strategies to confront it and generally set out national and global policies that will help in mitigating the devastation left in its wake. World Cancer Day for the years 2016 – 2018 have a running theme: ‘We Can. I Can’. This call to action emphasises the importance of the individual’s contribution as well as underlining the importance of closing ranks in facing down a common enemy.
Worldwide Cancer Statistics
The statistics associated with cancer make for grim reading. With a tally of 14 million new cases every year, it is estimated that 8 million people succumb to its ravages over the same period.
World Cancer Day was mooted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration put forward in 2008. The primary message this year (and indeed every year) is that early detection of cancer saves lives. There is no greater motivation to take on board this message when the life in question could be your own or that of a close family member. For this initiative to bear fruit education and awareness must be the key drivers in any campaign to combat this menace.
Living in an information age, where increasing numbers of the world’s population are digitally connected, disseminating this message is made somewhat simpler each succeeding year. We, however, must not overlook the fact that the vast majority in the poorer continents still remain off the digital grid. More traditional methods still have their uncontested place in sensitising billions of people around the world to this peril and presenting them with the most effective tools to counter its advance.
Cancer Risk Factors
Though its provenance remains unclear there are nevertheless cancer risk factors which appear to create a favourable environment for cancer to attack and thrive. A compromised immune system (notably through AIDS and other immunodeficiency disorders) becomes a hotbed for opportunistic diseases, deadliest among them being cancer. Age too appears to be a contributing factor. The vast majority of cancer patients are over the age of fifty. Over-indulgence in processed foods (and a generally poor diet), smoking and long exposure to ultra-violet rays all appear to be steadfast allies of this pestilence.
Other factors with a possible link to the disease include obesity (with the implied lack of physical activity), unregulated alcohol intake and a family history of cancer. The proliferation of toxic spewing factories does not appear to have helped matters much either and most authorities are sensible enough to authorise their location away from human settlements.
It is hoped that in the various awareness programmes, lectures, rallies, seminars and camps to be held worldwide, these and other possible risk factors of cancer will be brought out.
One expects too that credible alternatives to the traditional cancer treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery (with their infamous side effects) will be introduced to the greater public. That cancer must be fought while maintaining the overall health of the body should form part of the new message in dealing with cancer.
We at Verita Life recognise the importance of this holistic approach in tackling cancer. Should you or a family member be in need please contact us at your earliest convenience. We will be happy to explore which course among our various Integrative Treatments best suits your needs.