4th February is World Cancer Day. We can. Can you?
World Cancer Day takes place this week, on the 4th of February. As an awareness day its aim is to unite populations across the globe in the fight against cancer. The result of such an awareness is to help prevent millions of deaths each year though education, research and action.
Why world Cancer Day is important
Currently around 8.2 million people die each year from cancer. Of those, around 4 million will die prematurely as a result of cancer. It’s every reason to get involved.
How can you get involved?
The campaign is largely about social media, spreading the message and people making pledges to do the things that they can, despite or in the face of cancer. It encourages people to make healthy lifestyle choices, ask for help, support others, create healthy environments, inspire action or even take control of their own cancer journey.
These might sound like tough asks but the World Cancer Day website has lots of downloadable factsheets to help you if these are some of the choices you want to make. So if you have been inspired by the campaign or want to get involved, it’s easy.
Even if it’s as simple as downloading a profile picture for your Twitter account it still matters. That’s because every action, no matter how simple, shows you care and that you want to speak out.
I have never heard of World Cancer Day. How long has it been going?
World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on 4 February 2000. This Charter aimed at the promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, upgrading the provided services to the patients, the sensitisation of the common opinion and the mobilisation of the global community against cancer.
Living with cancer? Can you travel? We can help
While travelling might be the last thing on your mind while receiving treatment for cancer, it can often be the first thing that people want to do after treatment. However, it’s not always easy. For a start it can be really difficult to get travel insurance cover. However, it’s not with World First. We cover lots of types of cancer - from bowel cancer to breast cancer - and always at a price that’s fair. That's because we understand that every cancer is different and that every cancer needs to be treated differently.
While we accept that risks of needing medical treatment abroad are greater, we would never penalise you simply for being unwell. It’s part of what we do.
So if your ‘I can’ for World Cancer Day is to travel the world, give us a call. We can help.
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