February 4th is World Cancer Day — I AM AND I WILL
“I am a cancer survivor!” Wouldn’t it be great if more people could say those words?
As we share in honoring cancer patients and survivors, February 4th is World Cancer Day. And this day was established to further worldcancerday.org goals to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness, and mobilize the global community to make progress against cancer, and includes the adoption of World Cancer Day.*
This year’s theme is I Am And I Will. As in I Am (a healthcare worker, business owner, cancer survivor) and I Will (learn more, see what I can do to help, support a cancer patient or survivor). So, the theme makes it personal; what can we do as individuals to help in the fight against this deadly disease? Worldcancerday.org shared these factors:
Take responsibility for our health*
At least one-third of cancers are preventable, so being screened for cancer is one step we can take to better health. Don’t smoke; 71% of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking. Physical activity is also vital to a healthy lifestyle.
Schools can be champions of healthy behaviors among children, staff, parents, families, and the wider community by cultivating an environment that supports good nutrition and physical activity, as well as providing information on other cancer risk factors.
Workplaces and employers*
Workplaces and employers can implement jobsite measures that motivate and sustain healthy habits throughout their employees’ daily lives as well as establish policies to prevent occupational exposure to asbestos and other workplace carcinogens. They can foster physical activity and healthy nutrition, and create smoke-free spaces.
So, Who Are We and What Will We Do?
We can honor World Cancer Day on February 4th by seeking out ways to take better care of ourselves and those we love.
We can seek out ways to help improve the quality of life of others in our communities.
We encourage you to watch the World Cancer Day video, available on their website here or on YouTube here.
The information offered here is not medical advice and is not intended to replace guidance offered by your medical professionals.