World Cancer Day 2013 (4 Feb 2013)
Every year, 7.6 million lives are lost to cancer worldwide – more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined – according to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which organizes World Cancer Day.
This year the UICC will focus on dispelling damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer - Did you know?”
The organization will use World Cancer Day to improve knowledge about cancer and dismiss these 4 myths:
Myth 1: Cancer is just a health issue.
Truth: Cancer is not just a health issue. It has wide-reaching social, economic, development, and human rights implications.
Myth 2: Cancer is a disease of the wealthy, elderly and developed countries.
Truth: Cancer is a global epidemic. It affects all ages and socio-economic groups, with developing countries bearing a disproportionate burden.
Myth 3: Cancer is a death sentence.
Truth: Many cancers that were once considered a death sentence can now be cured and for many more people, their cancer can be treated effectively.
Myth 4: Cancer is my fate.
Truth: With the right strategies, a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.