It is estimated that in the next decade, cancer deaths will increase to more than 14 million per year (currently 8.8 million). By 2030, it is expected that 21.7 million people worldwide will be affected by cancer.
But cancer can often be defeated, and the goal of World Cancer Day is to reduce the number of deaths by raising awareness.
The key message of World Cancer Day is that many cancers are treatable and that they are always more treatable if they are detected early.
We should all strive to get cancer screenings and report the worrying symptoms to our doctors; the sooner the better.
Overcome cancer through exercise
Dr. Carl Albrecht previously told Health Updates that many cancers are related to diet and lifestyle. He says that there are three simple precautionary measures that everyone can take:
1. Follow healthy eating habits
2. Stay away from the sun and protect your skin
3. Stop smoking (or never start)
CancerCare, the leading provider of comprehensive cancer care in South Africa, supports efforts to raise awareness about cancer and fight cancer on World Cancer Day, supporting the Annual Lace Up for Cancer Walk / Walk held in Ciudad del Cape.
Why a fun race/walk?
Dr. Greg Hart, the oncologist at the Rondebosch Cancer Center of CancerCare, who participates in the event, said: “Events like this are important to spread the message everywhere, encourage people to live healthily and show support to people with cancer. ”
He says that the Lace Up for Cancer Run / Walk is getting bigger every year.
“It’s a very busy and inspiring event, with participants that include cancer survivors, people who commemorate the lives of those who lost their loved ones to cancer, caregivers, a handful of medical professionals and public members who want to raise awareness about cancer and just embrace a healthier lifestyle, “he says.
Dr. Hart also says that events such as the Lace Up for Cancer race/walk play an important role in encouraging people to exercise more.
“Exercise, as part of a healthy lifestyle in general, can help reduce people’s risk of developing certain cancers.” It is important to note that exercise and healthy living also support the recovery process among cancer patients. Elevating your mood and improving your mood Some cancer patients and survivors receive treatment that could contribute to weight gain and osteoporosis, so regular exercise helps their recovery and should fit. Otherwise, healthy people develop cancer; they are likely to improve with treatment and improve their chances of getting a better result. ”
Most guidelines recommend that you exercise regularly three or four times a week, depending on your age and fitness level.