Cancer is a major burden of disease worldwide. Each year, tens of millions of people are diagnosed with cancer around the world, and more than half of the patients eventually die from it. In many countries, cancer ranks the second most common cause of death following cardiovascular diseases. With significant improvement in treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancer has or will soon become the number one killer in many parts of the world, and will remain a major health problem around the globe.

What Is Cancer? 
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells. It can affect almost any part of the body. The growths often invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant proportion of cancers can be cured, by surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy, especially if they are detected early.

We can make a difference by taking action today!  We have the opportunity to stem this increase by implementing the following, in our daily life:

  • Cessation of tobacco consumption. It remains the most important avoidable cancer risk
  • A healthy lifestyle and diet can help. Frequent consumption of fruit and vegetables and physical activity can make a difference
  • Timely detection through screening, particularly for ovarian, cervical, and breast cancers, allow for optimal chance of a successful result, and even- cure!
  • Undergo annual physicals and find a physician you feel comfortable with-DON'T PUT OFF CARING FOR YOURSELF!
  • Educate yourself about your family health history and share with your doctor
  • YOU are your greatest advocate-make it a point to be informed!
  • In times of diagnosis, treatment and recovery, seek out a support group.  Most clinics and hospitals can provide resources within your community.
  • Caregivers and caregiver support is essential!  Reach out to family members and friends, as the battle of cancer is much more bearable when people join together to Bravely Fight For Life-TOGETHER!