Church services marks World Cancer Day

Grant Boone
February 4, 2019

Because of the previous investments in cancer research, millions of cancer patients are alive today, and we are enjoying a quarter century of sustained declines in cancer mortality.

The theme for this year's commemoration is "I am and I will" and emphasises affirmative positive action, which Tuitama said should be taken in the fight against cancer. In the United Kingdom alone, more than 360,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year - that's almost 990 people every day [1].

"This year's activities started with the "Health Fun Run" held on Saturday 2nd of February at the Tuanaimato Complex - in boosting physical activities - and I thank everyone's participation". Education on the symptoms of cancer has also helped with early diagnosis as it is estimated that one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime.

Led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), it aims to inspire and encourage action from individuals, health professionals, and governments to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening, and diagnosis.

In Croatia, there are 170,000 people who had cancer at one point in their lives. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and it is an opportunity to rally the global community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.

The day targets misinformation, raises awareness, and reduces stigma.

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In a more pragmatic way, a national cancer control programme (NCCP) has been put in place by WHO as a public health programme created to reduce the number of cancer cases and deaths and improve quality of life of cancer patients. Everything should be done to make citizens go to preventive check-ups and screenings as early detection and timely diagnosis make the disease curable. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Montana touched by cancer and their leadership is vital to defeating this disease.

They were joined by the Australian High Commissioner to Samoa Sara Moriarty, Samoa Cancer Society (SCS) Chief Executive Officer Shelley Burich, and the reigning Miss Samoa Sonia Piva.

Of pressing need is integrating national cancer control programmes into health systems at every level.

World Health Organization pointed out that if national leaders decide to create a new or updated cancer control plan, then the cancer control planning process can start with broad participatory support.

The turnout to the early detection of colon cancer, to which people aged 50-74 are invited, is only 21%, while a programme for the early detection of cervical cancer is undergoing reorganisation. We should raise the awareness of the public for cancer prevention and taking proactive approach to warn against the risks of cancer-causing habits. That includes going beyond the fanfare of a launch.

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