World Cancer Day 4th February 2023
World Cancer Day, held every year on the 4th of February, is dedicated to raising awareness about cancer and its impact on individuals, families, and communities around the world. Cancer is a global health problem that affects millions of people each year.
What is cancer?
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). If left untreated, tumours can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems.
Spotting the signs early
Almost at least one-third of all deaths related to cancer could be prevented through routine screening, and early detection and treatment. When it comes to your body, remember you’re in charge. If you spot something unusual, don’t put it off. There is a good chance that it won't be cancer - but being able to find it early can make a big difference if it is. Finally, do not hesitate to speak with your doctor, even if it’s something you have mentioned before.
Living a healthier life
While not all cancers can be prevented there are things you can do to reduce risk. Studies suggest more than 40% of cancer-related deaths could be preventable as they are linked to modifiable risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, poor diet, and physical inactivity. Making positive lifestyle changes including giving up smoking, eating healthily and being more active can contribute to a healthier life.
Help and support
If you or a loved one needs support about living with cancer, here are some resources that may help:
- Macmillan support line -whether it’s advice about money, welfare support, or if just need to chat, there are different ways Macmillan can help.
- Young Lives vs Cancer – formerly known as CLIC Sargent, Young lives vs Cancer can help families with children and young adults with day-to-day support.
- Cancer Research UK – Find out about the emotional, physical and practical effects of cancer and how to manage them with help from Cancer Research UK.