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World cancer day is an international day observed for raising awareness and encouraging treatment, detection and prevention of cancer. This is also a global initiative which targets in supporting the cancer community, minimize global burden of cancer prevalence, advocate for gender equity and to ensure that the integration of cancer will be done in global and national development agendas and strategic planning. This day of February 4th is a single initiative where an entire world can gather together to fight against the global epidemic of cancer.

Before some decades, cancer was a rarely heard disease in Nepal but these years it's been a common phenomenon of death. Let's just relook, how many neighbors, dear ones, relatives, family members and friends have we lost due to cancer? The cancer epidemic is rapidly expanding and we all are under the radar of cancer. However the early detention of cancer and proper treatment can avoid cancer related death and deliver a normal life to the people, so every February 4th of the year is globally driven by the motive of raising awareness and commitment against cancer.

Considerable facts about global cancer epidemic
Every year almost 9.6 million people die from cancer.

This is more than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. This is the second leading cause of death in this planet.
It is projected that by 2030, cancer related deaths will hit 13 million every year.  More than one third of the cancer causes are preventable and remaining one third can be treated if diagnosed in its earlier stage, by early detention and treatment we can save 3.6 million lives per year.

So this is the time top act against cancer, it’s a high time to speak out and stand up for a cancer free world. World cancer day delivers a global message to the world and asks to catalyze the government, personal and collective actions against cancer. Cancer has been a major cause of death in this planet and its increasing trend will sooner have a devastating impact upon world population. This day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness against cancer, by raising education about cancer and sensitize governments and individuals across the world to fight against the cancer epidemic.

The medical science that studies about cancer is called "Oncology" and cancer is called "ArbudRog" in Nepali and Hindi.

What is cancer?
Cancer refers to a large number of disease characterized by the development of the large number of abnormal cells that divides uncontrollably. This development dictates the infiltration and destruction of normal body tissues. Normally cancer holds the ability to spread throughout the body.
The risk factors of cancer are your age, your habits, your family history, health conditions and environment you live and work.

To how prevent cancer generally?
Stop smoking, avoid excessive sun exposure, eat a healthy diet, exercise most days of a week, maintain a healthy weight, drink alcohol in moderation if you choose to drink, schedule cancer screening tests and ask your physician about immunizations are considerably the generic steps in preventing cancer.
Today we know more about cancer than ever before, through investing in research, innovation, and root causes, knowledge and interventions, we have witnessed extraordinary breakthroughs. The more we know and raise awareness, the more we can progress in reducing risk factors, increasing prevention and improving cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment and care.

Commenced in 2000, world cancer day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to join hands together for a single voice against cancer in combating the greatest health challenges in the history of mankind.

This year's World Cancer Day's theme, 'I Am and I Will', is all about you and your commitment to act. Believing that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and non communicable diseases by one third by 2030.
Join us on 4 February and speak out and stand up for a cancer-free world.
Our time to act is now.

Suyog Dhakal for Hamro Patro



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