World Cancer Day is on 4th of February and is dedicated for fighting against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. Union for International Cancer Control UICC wants people to think about what the society and individuals can do to fight cancer. 14 million cases of cancer are registered every year and unfortunately also 8 ,8 million deaths by cancer every year. Everyone must have possibilities to get quality cure against cancer regardless where they live. Unfortunately there are many countries with underfunded health care system and many people do not have health insurance, therefore have no access to early detection and life-saving treatment. The Day Against Cancer is a good opportunity to raise cancer awareness through media coverage to influence people attitudes and attitudes towards their health. It wants to involve people in charge of the country’s health policy and first-rate medical professionals who create the best opportunities for early detection and modern treatment of cancer in Estonia.
On this day, the Estonian Cancer Society draws societies’ attention to the fact that the Estonia needs a comprehensive and systematic disease prevention program, centered on the human being. It is important to raise people’s awareness by amplifying the message that cancer can be prevented or detected early, which would significantly reduce the number of cancer deaths.
What can I personally do:
- Healthy choices in lifestyle have to be made to reduce the risk of cancer
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Do regular sports
- Eat healthy
- Be careful with taking the sun
- Be aware of the environmental factors that affect us
- Know the symptoms of cancer and the possible danger signals
- Vaccinate yourself
- Cancer patient families, friends, colleagues and local area network assist emotionally and psychosocially
- As a patient, take an active part in the treatment process where professionals explain the different treatment options and risks
What can we do in our society:
- Create healthy environments in our cities, schools and workplaces, sports and entertainment
- Promote activities that support a healthy lifestyle
- One third of cancers can be prevented by healthy eating and physical activity
- Improve people’s access to early detection, screening, and timely diagnosis of cancer, contribute to maintaining the quality of life of patients
- Create national vaccination programs
- Employers can create a work culture where people with cancer diagnosis know they are expected to return to work and are fully supported in adaptation
- Increase knowledge of the nature of cancer disease to reduce stigma and myths due to diagnosis
Additional information: www.cancer.ee; www.worldcancerday.org; www.uicc.org
In Estonia, cancer is the second leading cause of death after circulatory diseases. In 2015, 8662 people had cancer in Estonia and about 3800 cases of cancer death were registered, which is just under a quarter of all deaths.
Cancer risk can be significantly reduced by giving up smoking and avoiding passive smoking, restricting alcohol consumption, avoiding excessive tanning, maintaining healthy weight and vaccination against viral infections that increase the risk of cancer. (www.tai.ee)
Estonian Cancer Association invites to take part from campaign “HEALTHY Estonia against cancer” on February 4th, the World Cancer Day, to light up the candle of hope for everyone affected by cancer. Candles are litten up in the Freedom Square in Tallinn at 16.15-17.30, in Saaremaa at 17.00-18.00 at Kuressaare Central Square, in Viljandi at 16.30-17.30 at the beginning of the Arkadia Garden, in Türi at 17.00 in the park of the Culture House and in Pärnu Independence Square at 16.15-17.15.