We would like to take a moment to bring to your attention an exciting upcoming event: World Cancer Day 2014 will take place on February 4th! This is a unique opportunity for all of us as advocates and partners to join together to increase public knowledge about cancer and dispel misconceptions about the disease.
This year’s theme, “Debunk the Myths”, is focused on Target #5 of the World Cancer Declaration: Dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer. The campaign will center on the following myths and their related truths about cancer:
Myth 1: We don’t need to talk about cancer
· Truth: Whilst cancer can be a difficult topic to address, particularly in some cultures and settings, dealing with the disease openly can improve outcomes at an individual, community and policy level.
Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer
· Truth: For many cancers, there are warning signs and symptoms and the benefits of early detection are indisputable.
Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer
· Truth: There is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level and with the right strategies; a third of the most common cancers can be prevented.
Myth 4: I don’t have the right to cancer care
· Truth: All people have the right to access proven and effective cancer treatments and services on equal terms, and without suffering hardship as a consequence.
So, how can you and your organization participate? Here are three simple actions that you can take to join the collective movement to raise awareness and dispel damaging misconceptions about cancer:
1.Please sign the updated World Cancer Declaration and share the link with your networks.
Please select and help spread the link to gain more signatures !!!
2. Click Here <http://www.worldcancerday.org/node/1234> to download the ePoster and ePostcard about the four cancer myths, and encourage your networks to share them through Facebook, Twitter and on their own websites.
3. Download the World Cancer Day toolkit <http://www.worldcancerday.org/toolkit> , which includes additional information and resources for getting involved in World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day 2014 is a way to show our collective commitment towards increasing knowledge and understanding about cancer in each of our communities. It is also a critical opportunity for us to join together to bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policymakers. The World Cancer Declaration is a tool to achieve these goals, and World Cancer Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring issues surrounding cancer to the forefront of global health discussions.