By Deonna Turner
My beloved father passed away 4 years ago from liver cancer at the age of 56. Never would I have thought in a million years that he would have left me so soon. I thought he would live long enough to at least see me get married and have children and grand-children. Unfortunately, cancer shattered that dream. Therefore, cancer prevention holds near and dear to my heart, which is why I celebrate World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day is a globally recognized each year on February 4th, in which today marks the 10th anniversary of this awareness campaign. The purpose of this special day is to raise awareness and education about cancer worldwide, and to press government, as well as individuals like you and me, to take action to prevent cancer. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely, between the ages of 30 to 69.
This year’s tagline “We can. I can.” proves that every single person can make a difference in the fight against cancer by doing something such as making lifestyle changes (ex. stop smoking), encouraging education in schools about cancer, and advocating to government for increased funding for cancer treatment programs.
Cancer impacts many families across the world each day. So, we all can commit to doing something to make a global impact. I ask you all to join me in supporting World Cancer Day by making a commitment post to your Facebook. Feel free to post the statement “In honor of World Cancer Day, I commit to preventing cancer by ___”. Be sure to hashtag #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan.
For more information about World Cancer Day, please visit: http://www.worldcancerday.org/