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World Cancer Day: I Am and I Will By Idris Abdul Ahmed RN
Date Posted: 10/Feb/2020
There are lots of diseases in the world which people are suffering from. Diseases like Hepatitis, Diabetes, Renal failure, Cancer and many other diseases. One of the biggest disease in the world that causes suffering to people who have the it, is the cancer disease.
 
According to World Health Organization (2017), 17 people die every minute from cancer in the world. Also, according to American Cancer Society (2018), an estimated 9.5 million people - about 26000 cancer deaths a day and that number is predicted to grow.
 
The world cancer day is celebrated every year on the 4th February in the world. And for this year 2020, it was celebrated on Tuesday (Yesterday).
Theme: I Am and I Will 
Different Organizations and people around the globe will thronged out to create awareness about the Disease, how to prevent its occurrence and how to address it when it occurs. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.
 
A tradition of ascribing a theme is always done whenever the world cancer day is to be celebrated. The theme for this year, 2020, is “I Am and I Will”. By looking at the in-depth meaning of the theme, it explore the personal will or commitment of me, you, they and us to help reduce the global burden of the disease called cancer.
 
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUSELF
These eight healthy behavior can go a long way toward improving your health and lowering your risk of many cancers.
1. Maintain a healthy weight
I. Integrate physical activity and movement into your life
II. Eat diet rich in fruits, veggies and whole grains
III. Encourage activity during free time.
IV. Choose smaller portions and eat more slowly
 
2. Exercise regularly
I. Choose activities you enjoy. Many things count as exercise, including walking, gardening and dancing.
II. Make exercise a habit by setting aside the same time for it each day.
III. Stay motivated by exercising with someone
 
3. Don’t smoke
I. Keep trying. It takes six or seven tries before you quit for good
II. Talk to a health-care provider.
III. Join a quit-smoking program.
 
4. Eat a healthy diet
 
5. Drink alcohol only in moderation, if at all.
 
6. Protect yourself from the sun
I. Stay clear of direct sunlight between 10a.m. And 4p.m. (peak burning hours). It is the best way to protect yourself.
 
7. Protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.
 
8. Get screening tests.
 
HOW YOU CAN HELP OTHERS
1. Visiting someone who has cancer
2. Giving gifts
3. Talking to someone with cancer
4. Helping in practical ways like driving your friend to and from medical appointments etc.
5. Helping a co-worker with cancer.
6. Pray for them
7. Help fundraise
8. Advocacy
We can make a difference, whether we are not afflicted with the cancer, or we are a cancer survivor or care for someone with cancer, we have the valuable experience or knowledge as nurses to help others. Becoming a volunteer makes a difference in a person’s life. It also positively affects your own life.
 
Compiled by:
IDRIS ABDUL AHMED RN
idrisabdulahmed@gmail.com

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