World Can­cer Day

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

THIS Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 4, marks World Can­cer Day – a global ini­tia­tive fo­cus­ing on the fight against can­cer.

World Can­cer Day aims to save mil­lions of pre­ventable deaths each year by rais­ing aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion about the dis­ease, press­ing gov­ern­ments and in­di­vid­u­als across the world to take ac­tion.

The theme for 2017 is We Can, I Can – demon­strat­ing we all have a role to play in can­cer con­trol.

Through­out this week, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land will be high­light­ing the ac­tions we can all take to re­duce our bur­den of can­cer – both lo­cally and glob­ally.

Whether you take part in a Can­cer Coun­cil World Can­cer Day event in your re­gion, or join the con­ver­sa­tion, your sup­port makes a dif­fer­ence to all Queens­lan­ders, all can­cers.

More than 26,000 Queens­lan­ders will be di­ag­nosed with can­cer this year alone, and about 8600 will die from the dis­ease.

We are proud to join with the Union for International Can­cer Con­trol as cham­pi­ons of World Can­cer Day in Queens­land, in sol­i­dar­ity with all those af­fected.

On a global scale, cur­rently 8.2 mil­lion peo­ple die from can­cer world­wide each year.

Of these, about half (four mil­lion peo­ple) die pre­ma­turely (aged 30 to 69 years).

We can, I can, Queens­land can make a dif­fer­ence.

You can re­duce your in­di­vid­ual risk of pre­ventable can­cers by sim­ply mak­ing healthy life­style choices, in­clud­ing be­ing ac­tive, eat­ing a healthy diet, main­tain­ing a healthy weight, quit­ting smok­ing and lim­it­ing al­co­hol.

For in­for­ma­tion and ways to get in­volved, visit world­cancer­day.org. — Pro­fes­sor Jeff Dunn AO CEO Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

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