Today is World Cancer Day, a day that unites us and incites us to speak openly about cancer. Led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the campaign seeks to raise global awareness, improve education, and catalyse personal, collective and government action, to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved. Cancer treatment and care needs to be available to all, regardless of who you are or where you live. Cancer does not discriminate- so neither can we.
World Cancer Day was created in 2000, and every year it continues to spread positivity, hope, and resilience. Hundreds of charity events and activities are held, in schools, businesses, places of worship, online- anywhere that communities can gather and reflect.
The campaign theme for 2020 is #IAmAndIWill, emphasising that everyone individually has a responsibility to contribute to this cause, even if only in a small way. Follow the hashtag on twitter and be a part of the conversation. You can show your support for life-saving research by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation, hosting an event, or even just talking to friends.
Visit the website www.worldcancerday.org for more information on how to get involved.
‘Every action counts. From the astonishing, to the everyday.’
Our world is moving slowly but steadily towards curing cancer. Today, ‘more people are alive within five years of a cancer diagnosis than ever before.’
The UICC has released a powerful campaign video that we urge you to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MsMXR-gqbc
Suki Thompson, the founder of Let's Reset, has been diagnosed with cancer multiple times. Suki is an incredibly resilient person, business-leader, mother, and friend. On World Cancer Day we encourage everyone to discuss wellbeing and the mental impact of cancer. One in three people will experience mental health issues as a result of a cancer diagnosis. And that doesn't even take into account the wellbeing of loved ones impacted.
Suki's drive towards wellbeing in the workplace and broader cultural change can create a fearless network of support. If we are all talking, all focusing on wellbeing, and all unified to challenge cancer and promote inclusivity, just think of what we can achieve.
'We believe that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030.
We believe that access to life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care should be equal for all – no matter where you live, what your income, your ethnicity or gender.
We believe that governments must be accountable and national leadership on policies, legislations, investment and innovation is key to accelerated progress.
We believe that individuals, together can create change.' (worldcancerday.org)
By Grace Proctor.