Posted on February 2, 2015
Every year on February 4, the infamous World Cancer Day, millions of people from from all walks of life and many different countries unite together to fight the global cancer epidemic. Coordinated by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), World Cancer Day, raises awareness and education about cancer and persuades governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. The ultimate goal is a 25% reduction of premature cancer deaths by 2025.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released the World Cancer Report 2014. “Despite exciting advances, this Report shows that we cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem,” states Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC and co-editor of the book. “More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally.”
This years theme, Cancer – Not Beyond Us, emphasizes the “positive and proactive approach” we are witnessing take shape. This method highlights the “solutions that do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that [these solutions] are within our reach.” Remember although Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, causing 8.2 million deaths per year, we know that more than one third of these deaths are preventable, and, if detected early enough, many cancers are curable.
Asbestos and Cancer cannot stand alone, they are issues that are are complicated and intertwined, as too many victims of asbestos-related cancers die every year. World Cancer Day serves as a reminder for our community that asbestos causes cancer and asbestos kills.
- “It is unfortunate that we still need a World Cancer Day. We must recognize that the best method of dealing with this worldwide scourge is to practice more prevention in the form of reducing smoking, totally eliminating asbestos, improving diets, and taking other steps to stop this serious problem.” – Arthur Frank, MD, PhD
- “The best message I can give on World Cancer Day is that if we stop a man’s exposure to a carcinogen, we stop the cancer. That’s something society can do.” – Richard A. Lemen, Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.)
This year, in honor of World Cancer Day, ADAO is doing our part to spread the best approach for asbestos cancer prevention – education. Please read our article -“Debunking the Myths about Asbestos“and also look at the common asbestos facts below; educate yourself and your family about the real risk asbestos poses to our society. Asbestos-caused cancers continue to claim thousands of lives every year around the world and asbestos, a known carcinogen, has not been banned in the USA.
FACT: Asbestos is legal and lethal in the USA.
FACT: Asbestos kills 30 Americans every day and imports continue.
FACT: Prevention remains the only cure.
FACT: There is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
FACT: All six types of asbestos are carcinogenic.
FACT: Asbestos causes mesothelioma and lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers, as well as non-malignant lung and respiratory diseases.
Thank you for joining the the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), for a day of social media advocacy, as we raise awareness to prevent asbestos exposure to eliminate asbestos-caused diseases.
Together, change is possible.
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