Cancer is a major challenge for healthcare. According to the Cancer Facts & Figures 2015 released by the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US this year. The report also finds that the most common causes of cancer death are lung, prostate, and colorectal cancer in men and lung, breast, and colorectal cancer in women. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 30 percent cancer deaths can be prevented by addressing the main risk factors – tobacco use, alcohol, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excess body weight.
World Cancer Day is observed annually on February 4 by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a leading international non-governmental organization that unites the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden. The day provides an opportunity to save millions of preventable deaths by raising awareness of cancer and encouraging prevention, detection, and treatment.
The theme of World Cancer Day 2015 is “Not Beyond Us”, providing a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer. The campaign is articulated around four key areas of focus:
- Choosing healthy lives
- Delivering early detection
- Achieving treatment for all
- Maximizing quality of life
The public can upload an event, campaign or activity onto the World Cancer Day map. The map is a platform and a great opportunity to show the world all the great work the community performs to reduce the global cancer burden.
Screening saves lives. Early detection programs can significantly reduce the cancer burden in all countries. Blood tests are an important method of rapidly diagnosing cancer, which can help in better management of affected patients. Clinical laboratory tests conducted to detect cancer include complete blood count (CBC), blood protein testing, tumor marker tests, urea and electrolytes, blood cultures and genetic tests. The FDA-approved cobas HPV test from Roche Diagnostics is a reliable option for primary cervical cancer screening.