Cancer is universal. With that said, it is important to understand what cancer is, the different types of cancer and how people can help. It is also important to educate and bring awareness to the illness known as cancer. Cancer is one of the most leading causes of death around the world. I decided to create this blog post because it is vital to continuously create awareness around cancer.
What is World Cancer Day?
The first brand awareness of the World Cancer day initiative started in 2000. The 4th February was declared World Cancer Day at the summit held in Paris that year.
The World Cancer day organisation is the biggest and long-established organisation that exists today. They thrive towards advocacy and health care for cancer patients, research and building recognition.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is still a serious illness that continues to spike. Furthermore, WHO stated that it will increase by 16 million by the year 2040. However, there is hope as cancer patients chances of overcoming death is more than 30 percent. With that said, organisations such as the World Cancer Day mission is to educate and expand the awareness about cancer.
What is cancer?
According to World Cancer Day organisation, “Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except leukaemia (cancer of the blood). If left untreated, tumours can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue. In addition to this tumours can spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems. As a result of this, it can affect the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems.
Types of Cancer
- Benign tumours
Benign tumours are not life-threatening and does not progress rapidly or grow in other areas of the body.
- Malignant tumours
Malignant tumours are more serious than Benign tumour and can spread all over.
Precancerous is a term used to outline the state of the damaging of cells. As a result of this patients have a high chance of getting cancer.
For more information on World Cancer Day visit their website.