Cancer has impacted either of us in one way or the other and February 4 was created as a World Cancer Day to raise awareness about prevention, detection and treatment. Cancer is one of the leading cause of deaths worldwide.
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 tumor; If left untreated, tumors can grow and spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems, and can affect the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems or release hormones that may affect body function.
Cancer has numerous types, so there are various colors and symbols used to mark a specific type of cancer and promote the fight against it. For example, the orange ribbon is for creating awareness of cancer in children, while the pink ribbon is globally associated with breast cancer awareness.
The Union for International Cancer Control was established in 1993. Based in Geneva, it is a membership-based society working towards the eradication of cancer around the world and advancing medical research. Under its direction, the first International Cancer Day was celebrated in Geneva, Switzerland in the same year.
World Cancer Day was made official at the first World Summit Against Cancer in 2000. A document titled the ‘Charter of Paris Against Cancer,’ featuring 10 articles, was signed, outlining a global commitment to improving the facilitation and quality of life of cancer patients. Advancement and increased investment in researching, preventing, and treating cancer was also highlighted. Article X of this charter officially declared World Cancer Day to be observed on February 4.
Ssamba Foundation through its medical outreach programs educates people especially women about breast and cervical cancer, prevention and early detention and where they can access medication if need be as we strive to create healthy communities.
4th – February- 2023