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Health Matters: World Cancer Day

Health Matters: World Cancer Day
11 February 2020

Dr Andrew Wilson, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

This day is a global initiative led by the union for international cancer control (UICC). Whilst we are trying to make an impact in Cheshire, the UICC are raising global awareness, improving education, catalysing personal, collective and government actions. Over the years this has grown into a positive movement as we face of our greatest challenges in History.

Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except leukaemia (cancer of the blood).

Here are some alarming facts:

  • 6 million people die from cancer each year, that’s more than HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • 1/3 of cancers can be prevented
  • It’s the second-leading cause of death worldwide

The goal is to reduce premature deaths from cancer & non-communicable diseases by 1/3 by 2030; if we don’t act the amount of deaths could reach 13 million a year by 2030.

To help this we need to make sure there is equal access to cancer treatment as this can save lives.

Today we know more than ever before, through investment in research and innovation, we have witnessed extraordinary breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics & scientific knowledge.

You can help whether this be telling your friends and family, using your social media profile, setting up events, using your voice, translating materials or creating your own poster.

Whoever you are, we all have a role to play.

For more information and to find out how to create your own poster please follow this link: https://www.worldcancerday.org/