Breast Cancer Awareness Day 2015
Every February 4, by ‘ Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was designated as a ‘ World Cancer Day ‘ (World Cancer Day), to encourage the various ways the global burden of cancer, according to the World Cancer Declaration in 2008. These themes by 2015 is within reach of cancer ‘ we ‘ (‘ not beyond us ‘). What should we realize?
UICC is the leading international organization which was founded in 1933 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. UICC consists of more than 800 organizations in 155 countries. UICC is a member of NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Alliance, the global civil society networks that now represents nearly 2,000 organizations in 170 countries. In 2013, the implementation of the action plan and monitoring (Global Monitoring Framework and Action Plan 2013-2020) have targets, indicators, and actions that are closely related to the World Cancer Declaration.
This campaign will promote the prevention, early detection, treatment, and treatment of cancer. In the end, is expected to have an impact on the global cancer burden decreases gradually, until the year 2020. The global cancer epidemic is huge and will increase steadily. Currently 8.2 million people died of cancer worldwide each year, even 4 million people of whom died too early, i.e. before the age of 30 years. The target of the NCD Alliance is saving millions of preventable deaths each year due to malignant cancers, i.e. reducing the deaths of productive age of 25% by 2025.
The 2015 campaign will be focused in four areas, namely, the pattern of healthy living, early detection, treatment, and improved quality of life. Activities for a promoted healthy living patterns, including the avoidance of risk factors and prevention of cancer, namely with the HPV vaccination for cervical cancer and liver cancer for HBV. Activities for early detection, includes screening for cancer of the breast, cervix, mouth and colorectal.
Required a continuous campaign, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms early, before the cancer progressed further, and recognize signs of clinical suspicion of cancer, and immediately take action quickly to early diagnosis. Some of the initial clinical signs of cancer include the presence of lumps, wounds that are difficult to heal, abnormal bleeding, digestive disorders, and chronic hoarseness. Early diagnosis is highly recommended, especially for cervical cancer, breast, mouth, larynx, colon, rectum, and skin.
Until the current cancer treatment include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, the complete therapy is still relatively expensive, difficult, and success has not been good. Thus, the palliative therapy is an important part of cancer treatment, performed with relatively simple and cheap, preferably given to improve the quality of life of the patient. This therapy has proven to be able to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families, which are given from the early stages of diagnosis, treatment time mentoring others, and even to the stage of a patient’s death.
In addition to relieve a painful cancer pain and symptoms that bother others, palliative therapy also gives about the meaning of human life, and thinks that death is a natural process. However, palliative therapy is actually not intended to accelerate or vice versa, delayed the death of cancer patients. In this case, also integrating approaches in psychological and moral aspects in the treatment of cancer patients, offers some alternative form of social support to assist the patient in order to live actif as possible, until the occurrence of the death phase. In addition, it also introduces some kind of support for the family in the face of problems that have emerged, both during the patient’s illness, as well as to the ongoing period. Palliative therapy is generally used in team approach, which has proven it can also positively influence the travel disease, cancer.
The momentum of World Cancer Day on February 4, 2015 is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness, that there are many things that can be done by individuals, communities and Governments, by mobilizing and catalyze positive change. By moving forward together, we have the potential to show the world, that cancer is ‘ within reach of us ‘ (‘ not beyond us ‘). Have we acted that way, to the cancer patients around us?