Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) marks World Cancer Day (WCD) in Lagos, Akure, Ibadan and Enugu
The events will take place at these locations:
Date: 2nd February 2017
Venue: Avi-Cenna International
8:00 am- 10:00 am
Format: School Outreach
Topic: What is cancer?
Date: 4th February 2017
Venue: BG Events , KM 4 Akure Owo, Expressway, Akure
Time: 10.00am-4 00 pm
Format: Town Hall
Topics of discussion
1. The state of cancer care in Ondo state: where we are now and where we want to be
2. Understanding cancer
3. Behavioural and lifestyle risk factors for cancer
4. Community participation in cancer prevention and control
Plus Medical tests for participants
Registration: Regular – N5000; Student – N2500
Pre-registration is required to reserve a place.
HOW TO PAY: Please pay to Zenith Bank. A/c name: Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria. A/c No: 1012726808. Depositor: Depositor’s name/WCD Akure. Send scanned copy of your tell to firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 8th Feburary 2017
Venue: Seed of Life College, Eleyele Ibadan,
Time 8:00am-10:00 am
Format: School Outreach
Topic: What is cancer?
Date: 18th February 2017
Venue: Enugu State Stadium Mini Hall
Time: 10:00am -12:00pm
Format: School Outreach in collaboration with Rotary Club of Enugu
Let’s talk about breast cancer. I can, We can defeat breast cancer
Representatives from media organization are cordially invited to make this event a successful one as we believe your audience has a right to information about cancer.
BASIC INFORMATION ON WORLD CANCER DAY
What is World Cancer Day?
World Cancer Day is an international day marked every 4th of February to raise awareness of all types of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
It was founded by (UICC) the Union for International Cancer Control, with the main goal to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness, challenge perception and reduces stigma and finally to show support for those affected by cancer.
Targeting Misinformation and Challenging Perception on world cancer day
In Nigeria and many societies around Africa, cancer remains a forbidden subject. People living with cancer are often subject to stigma that may stop them admitting they have cancer and from seeking care and support.
World Cancer Day has proved to be a powerful platform around the world to challenge negative beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate false beliefs about cancer. Specific efforts are made on that day to improve knowledge of cancer, counter misinformation and reduce stigma among all communities.
BRECAN on WCD, will take actions to improve communication about cancer, shifting perceptions and strengthening support for people affected by cancer.
It is important to challenge perceptions about cancer and dispel damaging myths and misconceptions so people affected can have accurate information that can save their lives.
Raising Awareness on World Cancer Day
With information and awareness early detection is possible and early detection save lives. Finding cancer early almost always make it easier to treat.
For many types of cancers, increasing awareness of signs and symptoms and the importance of timely treatment has been shown to improve survival. Survival of the eight most common (bladder, bowel, breast, cervical, womb, malignant melanoma, ovarian and testicular cancers) is three times higher when cancer is diagnosed early.
Public awareness campaigns such as World cancer day is an important communication platforms to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to seek help promptly. With the right information,individuals can be encouraged to know how their body functions and to recognise any unusual changes. Diagnosing cancer at its stages and seeking timely care can save lives.
Educating People about Prevention on World Cancer Day
On World cancer day people will be encouraged to live a healthy life style because it is a great way to prevent cancer. There will be lectures about benefits of choosing healthy every day habits.
Everyone can take steps to reduce their risk of cancer by choosing healthy options including quitting smoking, keeping physically active and choosing healthy food and drinks.
Habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity has been linked to increase in the rate of cancer. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer globally. Quitting smoking will have a major positive impact on an individual’s health.
Individuals can also reduce their risk of many common cancers by maintaining a healthy weight, and making physical activity part of their everyday lives. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of ten cancers – bowel, breast, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, esophagus, kidney, liver, advanced prostate and gallbladder cancers. Specific changes to a person’s diet can also make a difference.
Alcohol is also strongly linked with an increased risk of several cancers. Reducing alcohol consumption decreases the risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, bowel, liver and breast.
Overall, more than a third of common cancers could be prevented by a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight. Everyone can make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of cancer.
The tagline for World Cancer Day 2017 ‘We can. I can.’ will explore how everyone can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what can be done in our local communities and individually to reduce the burden of cancer.