Cancer, let’s dispel the mythsby Roberta Lunghini - 2013.02.04
World Cancer Day 2013 (4 February 2013) aims at raising awareness of cancer and focuses on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer – Did you know?”. World Cancer Day is a chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease. Learn the truth and supporting evidence, by reading the myths below:
1. Myth: Cancer is just a health issue
Ø Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide reaching social, economic, development and human rights implications
2. Myth: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries
Ø Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic, affecting all ages and socio-economic groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden
3. Myth: Cancer is a Death sentence
Ø Truth: many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people their cancer can now be treated effectively
4. Myth: Cancer is my fate
Ø Truth: With the right strategies, at least 30% of cancer cases can be prevented based on current knowledge
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In the UK more cancer cases than marriages
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