Published: Mon, February 04, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Monday marks World Cancer Day

Monday marks World Cancer Day

Males or females, both should watch for any unusual changes in their body and energy levels in order to detect any early signs of cancer.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has noted that the observance of the World Cancer Day is an opportunity to enhance awareness for the prevention, timely detection and proper treatment of Cancer which can improve the chances of survival. Health authorities routinely launch nationwide checks against cancer and last year's checks involved 7 million people examined for likely breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, Anadolu Agency reports.

"Today is World Cancer Day which the whole world observes and it's also the beginning of Croatian Cancer Week". As per the GLOBOCAN 2018 statistics, Cervical Cancer is the 2nd most common Cancer among Indian women.

According to World Health Organization, countries should have at least 70 per cent of their eligible women vaccinated against the human papilloma virus, the virus that causes the cancer.

In comparison, the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States are cancers of the lung, breast, prostate, and colorectum. HPV is sexually transmitted, but penetrative sex is not required for transmission; genital contact is a well-recognised mode of transmission.

Dr Uma Dangi also speaks about the Importance of PAP smear Screening, she says.

If there is a loss in appetite in spite of you not being unwell, it is necessary to see a doctor as lack of appetite is another cause for cancer.

Indeed, there are obvious habits we know are harmful to our health and are a direct cause of cancer, such as smoking (which causes about 29% of current cancers) and excessive alcohol consumption (4%).

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "More people are surviving cancer than ever before, with urgent cancer referrals fast-tracked". Screening is done using a test called "Pap smear".

In many developed countries, notification of cancer cases is compulsory. It could also mean strengthening immunization programmes to ensure everyone receives the hepatitis B vaccine and all females receive the human papillomavirus vaccine.

Editor's note: Dr. Hu Kun is deputy secretary-general of the Academic Advisory Committee, Cancer Rehabilitation Society, Chinese Anti-cancer Association.

Doing regular exercise along with a healthy diet and avoiding toxins like cigarettes, "Gutka", "Chaaliya" etc., is one of the most effective ways of lowering cancer risk.

"Vaccination is free and is being provided to girls at 12 years of age". In the wake of this, this February 4 we should conduct awareness campaigns on how to protect against cancer and ask people to get themselves checked regularly so that early stage detection are made and lives are saved.

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