by Monisha Sudarshan, MD, CKN Resident Section Editor
February 4th is World Cancer Day – in recognition of an estimated yearly toll of 7.6 million pre-mature deaths worldwide caused by cancer. A Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) initiative, this day aims to involve the general population in cancer care, promote public awareness, to engage experts in the field and recognize cancer as a global health priority. For 2013 the theme of focus “Cancer did you know?” is addressing and dispelling commonly held public myths. The four misconceptions as put forth by the UICC include:
Myth 1: Cancer is just a health issue.
Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide-reaching social, economic, development, and human rights implications.
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Myth 2: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries.
Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic. It affects all ages and socio-economic groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden.
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Myth 3: Cancer is a death sentence.
Truth: Many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people, their cancer can be treated effectively.
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Myth 4: Cancer is my fate.
Truth: With the right strategies, a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.
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Get involved by exploring the events such as expert talks, fundraising initiatives or awareness campaigns hosted in your city or organize one! For details visit: http://www.worldcancerday.org/