World Cancer Day raises awareness for early detection and research

Illustration – Shutterstock | Teguh Mujiono

Illustration – Shutterstock | Teguh Mujiono

In observance of World Cancer Day on 4th February, which is themed "I Am and I Will", aims at spreading awareness about different types of cancers, so millions of deaths can be prevented, and treatment can be sought on time.

When a cancer is detected at an early stage - and when coupled with appropriate treatment - the chance of survival beyond five years is dramatically higher than when detected at a later stage when the tumour has spread and the disease is more advanced.

New cases of cervical cancer rose by 12.2 per cent to 1,304, the organisation says.

There will also be information for any women who may have had breast cancer and where they can purchase post-operative bras.

Blood in the urine or stool can be due to bladder cancer. In its recently released statistics, World Health Organization claimed that 17 people die every minute from cancer.

"The problem is that people fear to test". "We pay for breast and cervical cancer screenings". Thankfully breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK. The sore could be a symptom of cancer. These are excluding the two million more who continue to live and suffer from the deadly disease. Unfortunately, today in Kenya and most African countries, cancer is being diagnosed very late when treatment is less effective, "said Korir". This research has now been included within National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance NG12, which makes recommendations of which symptoms warrant rapid investigation. The fundamental mechanism of affluence-related cancer is complicated. Ms. Di Tomaso, who started annual mammograms at the age of 41 as a promise to a friend who experienced cancer, said she felt "duped" when she learned about the density issue following her diagnosis.

There are future possibilities to a traditional diagnosis from a GP. The notification data can be used to compile the national cancer registry. MAJOR Medical Breakthrough Offers Hope to Cancer Survivors. That said, this research is in its infancy and it is likely to be another 10 years before it is available for mainstream use. "Approximately 30-50% of cancers can be prevented if these policies are maximally implemented".

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, said: "Like tobacco, alcohol causes cancer and with breast cancer, evidence is clear there is no "safe" level of drinking".

People with cancer often ask "Why me"?

Lack of appetite and unexpected weight loss can take place prior to diagnosis, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), though these could also signal other conditions like diabetes.

"Thousands of lives can be saved in Africa with proper cancer prevention, early detection, access to proper treatment and care", she said.