To Press Releases listFeb 4, 2014
Today is World Cancer Day.
Nestlé Equatorial Africa (EAR) joins the world in marking World Cancer Day today (4th February). We are joining other participants in raising awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.
This begs the question, how much do you know about cancer?
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) according to World Health Organisation (WHO).
Across the world, cancer rates increased sharply in 2013, and WHO has predicted "a substantive increase" in the disease, with new cases predicted to rise to 19.3 million by 2025 as the world's population both grows and ages.
Cancer kills more people globally than HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria put together, according to specialists. The WHO forecast that last year it killed nearly eight million people worldwide against the detection of 10.7million new cases.
Though there are more than 200 types of cancers, lung, female breast, colon and stomach cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers, accounting for more than 40% of all cases. More so: lung, stomach, liver, colon and female breast cancers account for more than half of all cancer deaths worldwide.
About 30% of cancer deaths are due to: tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Tobacco use is greatest risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.
In Africa, common perception is that cancer is a disease of the wealthy, where high-fat, processed-food diets, alcohol, smoking and sedentary lifestyles fuel tumor growth.
About 715,000 new cancer cases and 542,000 cancer deaths occurred in Africa in 2008. These numbers are projected to nearly double (to 1.28 million new cancer cases and 970,000 cancer deaths) by 2030 simply due to the aging and growth of the population.
In the Equatorial Africa region, most common cancer cases include prostate and liver in men, breast and cervix cancer in females. The region accounts for 288,000 of all new cancer cases worldwide. Notably, increases in life expectancy, changes in diet and lifestyle, and lower burden of communicable diseases promise to increase the cancer burden in the region over the coming years.
Therefore, our duty today is to spread the word about cancer, prevention, detection and treatment.
Today, encourage each and every one around you to help reduce the risk of getting cancer by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
All in all, Nestlé EAR recommends you to visit a doctor for regular screening. This increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable.