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Join the world tomorrow for World Cancer Day 2014

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Tuesday, February 4th has been designated at World Cancer Day 2014. The campaign this year will continue its focus from last year entitled Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Reduce stigma and dispel myths about cancer. This year they are utilizing the tagline “Debunk the myths.”
Joining in the campaign are significant institutions from all around the world. The organizations include: the Dutch Cancer Society, King Hussein Cancer Foundation/King Hussein Cancer Center, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim and Roche.
The partners will conjoin efforts in order to raise collective voices in order to improve the general knowledge about cancer and in order to dispel the misconceptions about this rampant disease. Since this is a global concern, the group is focusing on their message as well as devising global advocacy goals. If they are able to do this, then the members, partners and supporters will all have greater flexibility to adapt the policies and expand on them for their own needs.
This is a great undertaking as cancer is such a hot topic and instead of the numbers of people getting cancer annually decreasing, the numbers around the world are instead increasing. This is worrisome because cancer is not selective; it affects both the rich and poor, male and female members of every nation equally. The fact remains that those involved believe that new cancer cases are likely to increase (as opposed to decrease) five-fold in the next 11 years (by the year 2025)!
India seems to be a particularly hard-hit region of the world; a million new cancer cases being reported annually. The cancer concerns in India include lung and oral cancer for the male population and cervix and breast cancers for the female population. As with many countries, cancer has been reported to be the leading cause of death.
Something certainly needs to be done before cancer becomes an epidemic in India. After thorough checking, 40% of the cancer centers do not have adequate equipment to deal with the cancers at hand. There are also not enough centers to help with all of the cases and they will have to significantly increase the number of cancer centers in order to handle all of the cases that could come to fruition in the next few years.
These are but a few of the issues coming to light on World Cancer Day. The goal is to decrease cancer cases and to be able to handle the ones already present. Since cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, detection and prevention are pertinent.
If you are looking for a cause to believe in, this may just be it. Join in on World Cancer Day and see what you can do to help sustain the number of cancer cases and then significantly lower them as time goes on.

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