World Cancer Day
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