World Cancer Day

On February 4, the whole world will band together to bring awareness to cancer. This global day seeks to educate the entire globe’s population on the disease while encouraging individuals, families, and governments to take action and bring about change to our world’s health.

Knowledge is power, and in this case, it couldn’t be truer. Early detection is key to increasing survival rates and completely eradicating cancer, and early detection occurs more often when people have access to information and quality healthcare. More than one-third of cancers are preventable by simply making healthy choices, so the more informed the world is about their overall health and cancer prevention, the better off we all are.

Increasing Awareness

World Cancer Day began to increase awareness of cancer, including risks, prevention, treatment, and more. In 2012, 14 million people were diagnosed with cancer, and 8.2 million people died that year from the disease or disease-related complications. Cancer is the leading cause of death across the globe, and statistics show that nearly 40% of all people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetime.

It’s time we put an end to the unnecessary disease. Disease prevention and awareness are incredibly important in fighting cancer, and that is the heartbeat behind World Cancer Day. Join together with those in your community to increase awareness, expand education, and improve the health and lives of those all across the world who are fighting cancer or who will be fighting it one day.

Early Detection

The biggest difference that early detection makes is the survival rate. The earlier cancer is detected, regardless of the kind, the more likely the chance of survival is for the individual. Additionally, the treatment needed to get rid of the cancer is likely to be faster, easier, and less intrusive when the cancer is discovered earlier on.

Wellness visits are the best way to stay on top of your health and ensure that you’re doing your best to decrease your risks of getting cancer. Many of the risk factors associated with cancer include general health, such as being overweight, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, poor diet, and more, so having these checked regularly with your family physician is your number one defense against cancer. Being aware of your body and making wise choices daily will help to not only keep your risk of developing cancer low but will also help you notice anything that seems “off” with your body earlier.

Make a Wellness Appointment and Initiate Health Discussions

In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, be sure to schedule your wellness visit to your local NCHS office for yourself and your loved ones. Then initiate health discussions with those around you, including your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and more. The more we talk about cancer and bring awareness to the disease, the more people learn about what its risks are, how to prevent it, and what to do if they receive a diagnosis.