Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Globally, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.World Health Organisation
There are more than 200 different types of cancer, each caused by cells dividing uncontrollably, which then form tumours and are named due to the location that it originally developed in. When the tumours are growing, they can spread from the place in which it started to other parts of the body. The NHS suggests checking for particular signs such as a lump that has suddenly appeared, bleeding that can not be explained and changes in bowel habits. Note: these symptoms can occur due to other health conditions.
4 in 10 UK cancer cases could be prevented.Cancer Research
There are many potential reasons why cancer occurs in the body, including:
- Inherited from our parents
- Radiation exposure
- Tobacco chemicals
- Infections from unprotected sex
Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deathsWorld Health Organisation
It is important to encourage a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer.
Treatments for cancer depend on the cancer itself, the location, the size and if it has spread. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are the most commonly used treatments. If the cancer is a solid tumour it may be possible to surgically remove it before trying other treatments.
Cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK.Cancer Research
World Cancer Day raises awareness, encourages education and unites everyone to take action, whether that be to understand more, donate generously or to support others. Cancer effects a lot of people worldwide, therefor we must stand together in support. To show my support, I have ordered a Cancer Research ‘World Cancer Day Unity’ Band from their online shop.
Have a nice day!