World Cancer Day

It’s World Cancer Day 2019. I’m sure all of us have been affected by cancer in some shape or form. It certainly has affected me personally (see previous blog post) and I see its devastating effects at work on a regular basis. Cancer awareness, diagnosis and treatment has certainly come a long way in my lifetime, but there is so much more that we can achieve. Campaigns such as World Cancer Day are a way of reminding us of this fact.


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‘I am a supporter and I will take action’

Every year there is a global campaign to raise awareness and to encourage more and more people to engage in discussion about cancer amongst colleagues and friends. This year I am joining the discussion in the hope that one day we can create a world without cancer.

The World Cancer Day campaign is aiming to reduce the number of premature cancer deaths from non-communicable diseases by 25% by the year 2025. In order to achieve this we need to keep on with research, improve early detection and provide improved treatment (not forgetting supportive and palliative care) as a global community.


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  1. 9.6 million people die form cancer every year
  2. Today there are 43.8 million people globally who are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis
  3. Genetic mutations play a role in 5-10% of cancers  but an astonishing 27% of cancers relate to tobacco and alcohol use
  4. 70% of cancer deaths occur in the least developed parts of the world
  5. Inequity in life-saving cancer treatment occurs for women, children, lower socio-economic groups and in rural communities



  • Choose healthy foods and live an active lifestyle
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce alcohol consumption
  • Be sun smart
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms and access health advice early
  • Take part in vaccinations (e.g. HPV vaccinations in the UK)
  • Attend screening (cervical, breast, bowel etc…)

Please look at for further information and how you can help spread the message.


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