The fact that World Cancer Day has to even exist is a sad commentary. Yet, at the same time, we're grateful there's a day that encourages everyone from around the globe to stop and reflect on this killer of so many men, women, and children.
The World Cancer Day organization is currently in the second year of its three-year campaign called "We can. I can."
The website explains that the goal of this theme is to explore "how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer."
The organization goes on to discuss how people can make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others by…
• Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. The organization reminds everyone that "Smoking is still the biggest cancer risk factor. Tobacco use accounts for five million deaths every year, or 22% of all cancer deaths."
• Understanding that early detection saves lives. Note: This is one of many reasons why Greater Boston Urology encourages men to get PSA tests.
• Creating healthy workplaces, schools, and communities.
• Providing support to those going through cancer treatment (as well as their families). Check out this post that we wrote: Who Cares for the Caregiver?
• Asking for support if going through cancer treatment. We've written about this in an article called Embracing Life During Treatment.
• Plus doing so much more (go here to read WCD's complete list).
In addition to World Cancer Day, the month of February has been designated National Cancer Prevention Month. To prevent cancer, the best thing you and your loved ones can do is live an active, healthful lifestyle. If you're a smoker, give it up. Get regular physicals and talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.
We understand that changes in your health can be frightening (all the "what ifs" that can go through a mind is staggering), but it's better to seek medical attention and get definitive answers.
Would you like to meet with one of our urologists to discuss any concerns? Schedule an appointment.