World Cancer Day - Encouraging Prevention, Detection & Treatment

We celebrate the World Cancer Day on the 04th February every year. This year the World Cancer Day is based on the theme #WeCanICan as suggested by World Health Organization (WHO). The theme is based on the preventive actions that can be taken individually as well as together.

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The motto of celebrating cancer day in all over world is to spread the awareness of cancer & to encourage the prevention & treatment of cancer. In UAE too cancer prevalence is on the rise. So knowing the facts & statistics of cancer & to prevent growing cancer prevalence in UAE is becoming important. Let’s get to know more on this.

As An Individual - I Can

Together - We Can

Make healthy lifestyle choices Inspire each other and take action
Be aware of the early detection Help in Prevention of the cancer
Take support Create Awareness and educate everyone about the condition
Return to Work Create a healthy workplace/environment
Take self-control of the condition Strive to build a healthy work-force
Love and be loved Support the cancer patients to return back to work
Express my opinion Challenge and change perceptions

Importance of Cancer Awareness

An early cancer diagnosis greatly increases the chances for successful treatment. An early detection of cancer can be achieved by spreading awareness of cancer about the condition and the information about cancer screening.

Risk Factors of Cancer

Awareness is the first step: You should be aware of all the risk factors that lead to cancer. Some of the risk factors are:

  • Exposure to any form of tobacco is to be avoided; which also include passive smoking.
  • Exposure to harmful environmental/industrial substances/chemicals
  • Fibers
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls
  • Exposure to harmful radiation
  • Avoid infections which could lead to cancer like:
    1. Hepatitis viruses
    2. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)
    3. HPV (human papillomavirus)

Cancer Detection and Cancer Prevention Tips

It is said that the best prevention is early detection, we will now understand how we can identify if a person has symptoms of cancer:

  • Educate yourself about the disease: Avoid all the risk factors that push you towards the dreadful disease.
  • Healthy lifestyle:
    1. Make healthy choices for food, like avoid eating junk food, stick to fruits and vegetables, whole grains, mixed nuts, etc. Control the intake of processed meats or any processed foods. Go for healthy fats like olive oil, rice bran oil and you can replace the red meat with fish.
    2. Limit the alcohol consumption in moderation as you are at an increased risk of the cancers of breast, lung, colon, liver, kidney in care you drinking regularly and in high proportions.
    3. Stay physically active and maintain the healthy weight.
  • Avoid all forms of tobacco: to prevent cancers of lungs, mouth, throat, breast, pancreas, colon, kidney, bladder, cervix, etc.
  • Get vaccinated: for conditions like Hepatitis B, Human papillomavirus (HPV), etc for covering yourself from the avoidable infections.
  • Protect yourself from exposure to sun, chemical, and other harmful toxins.
  • Get a complete health check-up done regularly. A medical checkup will help in identifying the silently breeding illnesses and also a timely treatment for the complete cure.

Cancer Screening

Let us understand how cancer screening is done. Following are some of the cancer screening tests:

Type of Cancer

Screening Tests

Breast Cancer Breast self-examination
Clinical breast examination
Mammography
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Cervical Cancer Human papillomavirus (HPV) test
Pap Smear test (usually done with HPV test)
Colorectal cancer Sigmoidoscopy
Colonoscopy
FOBT (Fecal occult blood test)
Double-contrast barium enema
Stool DNA tests
Head and neck cancers General health screening examination
Lung cancer Low-dose helical or spiral computed tomography (CT) scan
Prostate cancer DRE (Digital rectal examination)
PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) test
Skin cancer Skin self-examination
Complete skin examination
Dermoscopy

These are just a few types of cancer. For more information related to cancer screening tests, cancer prevention you can seek quick assistance by clicking on the fill the query form.
Please join us in the noble initiative of preventive to fight the fight and to find the cure!

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