World Cancer day 2021

Florence Uwaeme

Today, 4th of February is celebrated as world cancer day. All over the world, health practitioners and cancer experts come together to sensitive and educate people on how to improve cancer control and reduce cancer mortality.

According to the world health organization, 17 people die every minute from cancer.

World Cancer Day, organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated each year on 4 February, is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.

This year’s theme, “I can, we can” acknowledges that everyone has the capacity to address the cancer burden. We can work together to reduce cancer risk factors. We can overcome barriers to early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. We can work together to improve cancer control and achieve global targets to reduce premature mortality from cancer and NCDs.

Here are some of the simple everyday things we can do to prevent cancer.

  1. Exercise

  2. Don’t smoke any form of tobacco including shisha

  3. Use sun protection creams

  4. If you can, breastfeed

  5. Take Hepatitis and HPV vaccines.

  6. Limit alcohol intake

  7. Eat healthy, limit processed foods