World Cancer Day Awareness
More than 5000 people amongst both genders in Cyprus experience cancer in 2020.
Scientifically, cancer is defined as the uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells, spreading beyond their usual boundaries and sometimes invading into contiguous parts and organs of the body. Socially, cancer is a disease more often defined by fear and stigma. This is understandable given the agonizing treatments and the soaring mortality rate of this disease.
Recent studies, suggest that tobacco plays a pivotal role in cancer, as it’s responsible for 22% of all cancer deaths. Other potential risk factors include physical inactivity, obesity and unhealthy dietary factors, which tend to raise the risk of esophagus, breast, colorectal, endometrium and kidney cancers. Additionally, high alcohol consumption has been found to be risk factors for cancers of the oral cavity, liver, esophagus, colorectal and breast. Moreover, environmental pollution, occupational carcinogens and inappropriate radiation use can increase cancer risk.
Men Develop Cancer
During Their Lifetime
Women Develop Cancer
During Their Lifetime
Men Die From
Women Die From
While these stats paint a bleak picture of the disease, cancer can be survived with early diagnosis, given how one third of all cancers are preventable, and numerous cancers could be cured if diagnosed early.
The idea behind this awareness day, is to unite everyone under the common goal of seeking a new outlook for patients with this disease. By providing education about the disease and increasing awareness of its devastating impact, we hope to change the outlook for patients and families and ensure that there is more dedicated research and funding that can help save lives.
Today, we know more about cancer than ever before. We know that by raising awareness and support, and by investing in research and innovation, extraordinary breakthroughs can occur.
The content is intended for educational purposes only and should not be perceived as medical advice. Hereditary cancer testing, possible next steps and clinical management should always be fully discussed with your healthcare provider.
Compiled using information from:
World Health Organization (2019). ‘Cancer Prevention’.
World Health Organization (2018). ‘Key Facts’