World Cancer Day 2017

 

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. The theme of this year is Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

WE CAN
The World cancer day summaries the key messages that categorized as " WE CAN" as the following:
WE CAN INSPIRE ACTION, TAKE ACTION
The first step in driving progress around cancer is to push for actions that we know will improve survival rates and give cancer patients a better quality of life. So we can all call on governments to step up their response to cancer by pushing for actions that we know will reduce premature deaths, and improve quality of life and increase cancer survival rates.
WE CAN PREVENT CANCER
Changes in the way we live means that more and more people around the world are exposed to cancer risk factors like smoking, poor diet, and sedentary lifestyles. Educating and informing individuals and communities about the links between lifestyle and cancer risk is the first step in effective cancer prevention.

Equipping individuals and communities with the latest knowledge of the links between lifestyle and cancer can empower people to adopt healthy choices. Individuals and communities need to be informed that more than a third of cancers are preventable through adopting healthy behaviors.
WE CAN CREATE HEALTHY SCHOOLS
Every school can foster a culture of healthy choices and habits by providing nutritious food and drink choices, as well as time for recreation and sport, and putting practical education about food and physical activity on the school curriculum.
Schools can be champions of healthy behaviors among children, staff, parents, families and the wider community by cultivating an environment that supports good nutrition and physical activity.
WE CAN CREATE HEALTHY WORKPLACES
With the global labor force predicted to rise to 3.5 billion by 2030, there is a tremendous opportunity to harness the workplace as a platform for cancer prevention and early detection . So Employers can implement measures in the workplace that will motivate and sustain healthy habits throughout a person’s everyday life.
WE CAN CREATE HEALTHY CITIES
With 66% of the world’s population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, the quality of the urban environment will play an increasingly important role in public health. So the Cities can take the lead in creating a quality urban environment that promotes and protects the health and wellbeing of its citizens.
WE CAN SUPPORT OTHERS TO RETURN TO WORK
Employers can create a workplace culture where employees with a cancer diagnosis are encouraged to know that when they return to work they will be supported to adapt to the challenges they face from their illness.

WE CAN CHALLENGE PERCEPTIONS
In many cultures and societies today, cancer remains a taboo subject. People living with cancer are often subject to stigma and discrimination that may stop them admitting they have cancer and from seeking care and support. Even within communities where cancer is discussed openly, people affected by cancer can sometimes be discriminated against and feel isolated from friends and peers. So the governments, communities, schools, employers and media can challenge perceptions about cancer and dispel damaging myths and misconceptions so that all people are empowered to access accurate cancer information and quality cancer prevention and care.
WE CAN IMPROVE ACCESS TO CANCER CARE
Closing the gap in access to affordable, quality cancer care is an imperative for maximizing outcomes and quality of life for all people living with cancer, including children and adolescents. So we can advocate for improved access to cancer treatment and services across the care continuum. All people have the right to benefit from these interventions on equal terms, regardless of geography and without suffering economic hardship as a consequence.
WE CAN SHAPE POLICY CHANGE
The law and regulatory measures can be used effectively to reduce exposure to cancer risks including to tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods, as well as environmental exposures. So effective advocacy for policy change at all levels - local, national, and global - can reduce exposure to cancer risk factors and improve access and availability of essential cancer medicines and quality cancer care.
WE CAN BUILD A QUALITY WORKFORCE
Inadequate education of healthcare providers is one of the most pervasive and urgent obstacles to address in delivering quality cancer care. The cancer workforce can be equipped with the skills, knowledge and competencies required to meet the needs of individuals and communities across the cancer continuum.
WE CAN MAKE THE CASE FOR INVESTING IN CANCER CONTROL
The economic case is a vital piece of the puzzle to change mind-sets around the value of investing in cancer prevention, early detection and control. So the Building the economic case for investment in cancer can change mind-sets and allow governments to justify placing cancer control at the heart of their national health plans.

WE CAN JOIN FORCES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Joining forces to create innovative and multisectoral partnerships is a key step in mobilizing civil society, strengthening advocacy efforts and making governments accountable.

I CAN

The World cancer day summaries the key messages that categorized as " I CAN" as the following:
I CAN MAKE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHOICES
I can take steps to reduce their risk of cancer by choosing healthy options including quitting smoking, keeping physically active and choosing healthy food and drinks.
I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES
Diagnosing cancer at its stages and seeking timely care can save lives and the survival rate is three times higher when cancer is diagnosed early.
I CAN ASK FOR SUPPORT
Maintaining social support networks and talking about cancer can be important strategies for coping with the social and emotional impact of cancer, both in the short and long term. So the People living with cancer and their caregivers can ask for support to help them cope with cancer.
I CAN RETURN TO WORK
Many people living with cancer want to return to work. They mention both financial and emotional reasons for going back to work, with a job restoring normality, stability, social contact and income. So the people living with cancer can return to work successfully.
I CAN TAKE CONTROL OF MY CANCER JOURNEY
People living with cancer can take control of their cancer journey by being empowered to be active participants in decisions about their care, having their choices respected and their needs met.
I CAN LOVE, AND BE LOVED
Cancer affects everyone in a patient’s life in different ways. Partners, families and friends can take steps to work together through the challenges of cancer and its treatment so that no one faces the disease alone. So the strong emotional support and loving relationships with partners, friends and families can make a big difference in their life.
I CAN MAKE MY VOICE HEARD
People living with cancer and their families, friends and caregivers can be powerful advocates for others dealing with the disease.