By Daphne Rasehei – EMTV Online
We all know that Cancer is the biggest killer, but we also know there’s lots we can do.
We can increase awareness, prevent cancer, challenge perceptions, improve access to cancer care, inspire, recognise signs and symptoms and take action or even shape policy change.
If you didn’t know, Cancer is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body leading to an uncontrolled growth causing a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except leukaemia (Cancer of the Blood).
February 4 is World Cancer Day.
It’s an opportunity to show the world that we can all have an impact on cancer. World Cancer Day aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths each year by raising cancer awareness amongst the general public and pressing governments to take further actions against the disease.
The PNG Cancer Foundation is partnering with the US Embassy (PNG) for an organised discussion panel on February 3, with representatives from various stakeholders in the health sector on the theme #NotBeyondUs.
The discussion will include representatives from the World Health Organisations, the PNG National Department of Health, the US Embassy and the PNG Cancer Foundation
The global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. Currently, 8.2million people die from cancer every year.
To support world cancer day there are a variety of ways your organisation and members can get involved.
Engage with your network via your Twitter and Facebook pages, and share your World Cancer Day images on Instagram. Use the hashtags #WorldCancerDay #NotBeyondUs.
Map of Events
Add to the World Cancer Day online map of events and activities – please share what you will be doing on/around World Cancer Day. This is a great place to let the world know what you have planned, no matter how big or small.
Thunderclap is a tool that facilitates the mass dissemination of messages via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by simultaneously posting to the accounts of those who support the campaign.
For our Thunderclap to go live you can sign up to Thunderclap on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr and join the WCD 2015 Campaign.
WCD 2016 has different posters available for your use that have been designed specifically for the campaign. You can use them digitally or as printed posters to promote the Day and the theme. Be sure to share them within your organisation and wider network.
You can adapt the posters by adding your organisation’s logo.
I Can Love Poster
We Can Inspire Poster
We Can. I Can. Poster
There is nothing fair about cancer and no one deserves it. But it is certain that prevention is better than cure.
Cancer affects everyone in different ways; all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
Check out World Cancer Day 2016 for more information. Or the PNG Cancer Foundation Page on Facebook.