‘We Can. I Can.’ Make a difference in the fight against cancer. World Cancer Day 2018 is a chance to reflect on what you can personally do and what we as a society can collectively do to take action.
- Inspire action, take action – Pushing for actions that we know will improve survival rates is the first step in making a difference. Calling on governments to step up their response to cancer is something that we can do as a society.
- Challenge perceptions – Even today, many cultures and societies still see cancer as a taboo subject, meaning that those living with cancer may not seek support over fears that they will be subject to stigma and discrimination. As a collective, we can challenge perceptions, dispel myths and misconceptions, in order to ensure that everyone is empowered to access accurate and quality cancer information and care.
- Create healthier cities – By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is predicted to live in urban areas. Cities need to promote and protect the health and well being of its citizens. We can do this is by allowing people to be physically active by making cycling and walking accessible and safe.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices – I can try to eat healthier, keep physically active and quit smoking to reduce the risk of cancer.
- Understand that early detection saves lives – It’s not always easy to diagnose cancer as not all cancers show early signs and symptoms. However, for the cancers that do show signs, I can seek timely care of myself and others to save lives.
- Love and be loved – Partners, families and friends can all be affected when someone is diagnosed with cancer. I can take steps to work with these people to ensure that no one faces the disease alone.
To learn more about this year’s initiative for World Cancer Day, please visit the official website by clicking here.