World Cancer Day is observed on 4th February each year. This day aims to save lives each year by raising awareness and education about cancer. It strives to inform individuals across the world to take action against the disease. The theme for World Cancer Day 2020 is- I am and I will. The theme tries to empower call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future. It is extremely important to create awareness about the prevention of this deadly disease.
World Cancer Day 2020: The importance of cancer prevention and early detection
Between 30% and 50% of cancer deaths can be prevented, states The World Health Organisation. One can prevent cancer with modifications, control over key risk factors and implementation of existing evidence-based prevention strategies. Early detection and timely treatment are two important factors that can help in controlling cancer death worldwide.
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Cancer treatment: Importance of early diagnosis
Dr. Kumara Swamy, Sr. Consultant & Head – Radiation Oncology at Aster CMI Hospital explain, “With global efforts in place to address the growing incidence of cancer, treatment has come a long way and will continue to develop in the coming years such that a cancer diagnosis will no longer mean the complete disruption of life. Diagnostic tools and treatment protocols have diversified to make cancer diagnosis more accurate and with faster treatment processes which have little to no side-effects.”