Cancer Day - February 4th
Every year on February 4, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) together with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (UICC) mark World Cancer Day to promote ways to alleviate the global burden of cancer.
Cancer is the growth and spread of uncontrolled cells in the body. It can affect almost any organ in the body. Tumors often invade tissues and can send metastases to distant sites. Many cancers can be prevented by avoiding exposure to common risk factors, such as tobacco smoke. In addition, a significant portion of the cancer can be cured by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, especially if it is detected early.
Some interesting facts about cancer:
Every day, 20,000 people around the world die from cancer.
Cancer causes more deaths than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
There are more than 100 types of cancer. Any part of the body can be damaged.
Over 30% of cancers can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, a healthy diet and exercise.
There are 28 million people worldwide who have won cancer.
Exercise like walking can lower the risk of lung cancer by 25%.
Compounds extracted from marijuana cause the cancer cells to freeze and prevent them from spreading.
One cigarette contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
According to recent studies, multivitamins increase the risk of cancer and heart disease.
There are more cases of skin cancer caused by tanning in beds and tanning salons than cases of lung cancer caused as a result of smoking.
According to studies, tall women have a higher risk of getting cancer.
The three "Marlborough men" died of lung cancer: Wayne McLaren, David McLean and Dick Hammer.
Encouraging data: Cancer mortality rates dropped from 215 deaths per 100,000 people in 1991 to 172 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010.
The announcement of Angelina Jolie's mastectomy as a means of preventing the onset of breast cancer doubled the number of women examined in the first few months.
Pre-diabetes increases the risk of developing cancer by 15%.
Pilots, flight attendants and flight attendants are twice as likely to develop melanoma skin cancer because of their high exposure to UV rays.
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