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One of the greatest Roman poets Virgil said: “The greatest wealth is health”, and although we are all aware of this, we tend to be irresponsible towards our body and mind. We also tend to forget that we can contribute to the illness-free world. Today, science is accomplishing amazing results, and one day, together, we will certainly be able to enjoy life without illnesses. Until then, supporting different campaigns organized to engage the general public and to improve general knowledge about certain medical problems and illnesses is the first step in changing the world. For that matter, we are reminding you about World Cancer Day on February 4th.
This year, World Cancer Day campaign(s) is focusing on debunking the myths surrounding this viscous illnesses. Last year’s campaign was very successful, and focusing on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration was seen as an imperative.
According to statistics, cancer is probably killing more people that other vicious illnesses, thus we need to talk about it, to educate ourselves and others about symptoms and signs of cancer(s), to become aware that we can make a difference, and to demand a change to the access to cancer care all around the world, because access to this service is the right of all individuals. These are, in fact, four myths that this year’s campaign will be focused on:
“Whilst cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level.”
“For many cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.”
“There is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level and with the right strategies; a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.”
“All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.”
The question is: What can you do to spread a word?
There are many ways you can contribute to this global event, and one of it is spreading the word on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
You can use #WorldCancerDay hashtags to spread a word, and a generic tweet example (as suggested on the World Cancer Day website) can be:
It’s time to #DebunkCancerMyths Today is #WorldCancerDay. Join the fight & spread the #truth http://www.worldcancerday.org
Also, follow the Twitter account of The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to stay in tune with all news and campaigns.
As for Facebook, you can visit and support several pages: World Cancer Day, UICC, and World Cancer Declaration. On their website you can find examples of Facebook posts you can use to spread a word, such as:
“Today I learnt that in most settings, cancer remains taboo and people with cancer are even subject to stigma and discrimination that may stop them from seeking care.”
You can also use posters and postcards, and facts and evidence sheets about four myths, all available at their site, to spread a word. The best way to be a part of this global action is to actually get involved in some of the ongoing campaigns in your town or near your home, and the list of campaigns all around the world you can find here.
Don’t think your voice doesn’t matter, and that you cannot bring change, thus, support these events in the best way you can.
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