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2017-02-02 16:01

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World Cancer Day takes place on Saturday (4 February) and there has never been a better time to raise awareness and make a difference, says Cancercare in a statement.

Every year 8.2 million people die from cancer. It is expected that by 2030, 21.7 million people around the world will be impacted by the disease. On Saturday it is time for the world to rise up and take action against the disease – it is World Cancer Day and it is focused on changing the course of cancer for good. This is one occasion when everyone can stand united under the banner of ‘We can. I can.’, promoting healthy diets and physical activity to not only help prevent cancer, but support those who are diagnosed with it.

“According to research, around one third of cancers can be prevented through simple changes to lifestyle and diet,” says Dr. Greg Hart, oncologist at Cancercare’s Rondebosch Oncology Centre, who will also be taking part in the event on Sunday.

“World Cancer Day is about spreading this message as far and wide as possible, encouraging people to look at the food they eat and the amount of exercise they do. If we can inspire people to give up their sedentary lifestyles, then we are already making a difference in the battle against cancer.”

“Regular exercise doesn’t mean a daily marathon or spending hours at the gym,” says Hart. “For those who lead sedentary lives now, it is as simple as getting up and taking a walk every other day. Start out slow and short, and build up to longer sessions as often as possible. Fit it in around work and life, and choose an activity you enjoy. If possible, join a club as this will not only allow you to form new friendships, but build a support network which will encourage you to keep coming back and sticking to your plans.”

In South Africa, the ‘We can. I can.’ philosophy has been put into playful practice by Cancercare with their annual Lace Up for Cancer Fun Run/Walk. The Cape Town event takes place on Sunday 5 February at the Green Point athletics track at 08:00. Entrants are invited to wear their craziest outfits as they enjoy either a 5km Fun Run or a 10km Big Walk.

Go to www.justonline.co.za to register.

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