Feb 4th - World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4th to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is led by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), a global consortium of more than 280 cancer-fighting organizations in over 90 countries. World Cancer Day targets the public through global communications marking, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.

The campaign emphasizes that 43% of cancers can be prevented through these healthy behaviors:

• Provide a smoke-free environment for children
• Be physically active, eat a balanced, healthy diet, and avoid obesity
• Learn about vaccines for virus-related liver and cervical cancers
• Avoid over-exposure to the sun

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This pic is a candid shot of a very young girl who was smoking away happily. She is probably not even 20 years old! Considering how much awareness there is with regards to some of the obvious causes of cancer, it is dis-heartening to see people go about their lives with such utter dis-regard.

Smoking girl

These are such common sights these days in Bangalore. What are the ways to discourage the younger people from not getting hooked to smoking? I mean, it is not like they do not know the hazards! It is probably cool to not care enough about your health and about the fact you are putting yourself and others around you to such danger. If you haven’t seen cancer in the face, I guess it is still just a distant thing. But, if you have, you will want to run, and as fast as possible away from not just cancer, but from all kinds of carcinogens!