Quick facts about cancer

Today is World Cancer Day – the day set aside for cancer awareness all over the world.

World Cancer Day 2016 #WecanIcan


So today is World Cancer Day, the day set aside for cancer awareness all over the world.

Reading the News drive home the urgent need for massive campaign in a world where millions lose their lives daily due to preventable cancer – related causes, educating ourselves over and over again might just be the least we can all do to prevent / reduce our exposure.


On World cancer day, cancer awareness helps to reduce exposure to the disease and prevent certain cases occuring
  • Cancer refers to a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. It features rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs causing damages.
  • Cancer is n0 respecter of age, social standing or geographical location
  • Cancers is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer related deaths in 2012 alone
  • For men, the 5 most common sites of cancer are lung, prostate, colorectum, stomach, and liver.
  • Among women the 5 most common sites diagnosed are breast, colorectum, lung, cervix, and stomach.
  • Around one third of cancer deaths are due to high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use & alcohol use.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing around 20% of global cancer deaths and around 70% of global lung cancer deaths.
  • Cancer causing viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries


  • Age…the incidence of cancer increases significantly with age
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol intake
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Physical inactivity
  • Hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and some types of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infections
  • HIV infection (substantially increases the risk of cancer such as cervical cancer)


On World cancer day, cancer awareness helps to educate and reduce exposures
Cancer awareness


  • Education / enlightenment
  • Avoid above listed risk factors
  • Vaccination against human papilloma virus (HPV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV).
  • Control of occupational hazards.


Cancer mortality can be reduced if cases are caught and treated early, many cancers have a high chance of cure if detected early and treated adequately. Some of the most common cancer types are breast cancer, cervical cancer, oral cancer, colorectal cancer, leukaemia & lymphomas in children.


**We all have a huge responsibility on our hands…to take care of ourselves and those around us.

I particularly love the theme for this year -#WecanIcan

‘We can. I can.’

We can all play our parts to reduce the global burden of cancer and today presents another chance to do just that. To reflect on what we can do, make a pledge and make actionable plans.

We can all take steps to prolong our lives by taking responsibility for our own health and well being.

Together, we can**

Everyday…not only on dedicated days such as today, the World Cancer Day.

Credit: WHO

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