Monday marks World Cancer Day

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2019

Indonesian healthcare professional wears Disney character Donald Duck costume while delivering gifts to cancer patient during the event on World Cancer Day at the Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, Indonesia, February 4, 2015.

Medical practitioners can also benefit from becoming more aware of early detection.

This is up 8.4% on the baseline figure of 2010/11, but the Scottish Government pledged to increase this by 25% by 2015 through the Detect Cancer Early scheme.


According to Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), 2018 saw more than 18 million new cases of cancer worldwide of which almost 5 million cases of breast, cervical, colorectal, and oral cancers could have been detected sooner and treated more effectively, improving patient survival rates and quality of life. As per the GLOBOCAN 2018 statistics, Cervical Cancer is the 2nd most common Cancer among Indian women. Kujundžić said an increase in breast cancer screening rates from the current 60 to 80% would save 3,000 lives in Croatia annually. The fundamental mechanism of affluence-related cancer is complicated. "I am and I will make healthy choices for a healthier Samoa", he said.

Historically, there are some cancers that are more hard to diagnose than others.

Turning to breast cancer, the MEP spoke of the need for there to be a specialised unit, highlighting that now such care is fragmented. I've worked on research mapping out the symptoms that a GP is most likely to see in their surgery and which cancers they relate to. Fortunately, this is the easiest gynaecological Cancer to be prevented through screening and early vaccination. The notification data can be used to compile the national cancer registry.


Cancer is now becoming a major public health problem in China. Other factors may also be helpful such as avoiding habits that are among causes of cancer.

She said the Detect Cancer Early programme aims at early detection, and six elective treatment centres are being developed costing more than £200 million for diagnosis and speedier treatment for planned surgery.

On personal level, with little effort, these relatively simple risk reduction strategies can help one to virtually eliminate cancer risk, and radically improve chances of recovering from cancer if one has it.


The end result of a combination of increasing GP activity around cancer, public awareness campaigns, decreasing diagnosis times, the improvement of cancer stage at diagnosis and the fact that the number of emergency admissions from cancer is dropping means we are beginning to win the cancer war - but it's a long way to go. The only answer to receiving an early diagnosis is encouraging people to take action and visit their GP.

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