CANSA aims to inspire on World Cancer Day

2018-02-07 06:00

South African citizens were encouraged by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) to support the third annual World Cancer Day campaign on Sunday (04/02).

The slogan for this year is: “We can, I can”.

The event was aimed at providing a platform for the world to unite and raise the profile of cancer awareness in a positive and inspiring way.

World Cancer Day takes place each year on 4 February and is aimed at inspiring healthy cities and communities, to fight cancer.

Elize Joubert, CANSA chief executive officer, points out the vital role that schools, libraries, health clinics, service groups, sports clubs and education professionals play in promoting and educating the next generation about their health and well-being.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and the number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next two decades.

The WHO’s research further points out that approximately 8,2 million people die from the disease worldwide every year, of which four million are people aged 30 to 69.

Citizens are encouraged to be more active in every sense in the fight against cancer by incorporating sport-related and wellness activities into daily routines.

This is due to physical activity being shown to combat cancer, including risk reduction and helping cancer patients to manage the side-effects of treatment such as fatigue, depression and heart damage.

Local sports clubs and schools can promote the day with in-stadium messaging, donating proceeds from ticket sales to CANSA, or simply using the power of their networks by spreading the word on social media.

People can also raise awareness and amplify awareness about fighting cancer with their communities and contacts by downloading World Cancer Day selfie posters.

Print the messages that are meaningful to you and share your selfie and message using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan, on your social media platforms.

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