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'Cancer Prevention' - In Your Hands

'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' -Henry de Bracton

Cancer – A disease that could wipe the smile// off many faces and cause the deepest anguish is preventable. It is not an exaggeration that 43% of all cancers are preventable. Sunday, 4 February 2007, is World Cancer Day, embodying the theme - “Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s World” will focus on strategies for a cancer free world – a precious gift to our dear children.

Cancer is caused due to the unchecked growth of abnormal cells. There are nearly 100 types of cancers, which could afflict any part of the body. The most common types of cancers are - Lung cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, colon cancer, and breast cancer. More than 7 million people die each year due to cancer with 70% of the deaths occurring in developing countries. Further, 11 million new cases of cancer world-wide are added each year.

The main objective of the ‘World Cancer Day’ campaign is to disseminate crucial information about cancer, with focus on ‘prevention’. The worldwide campaign will make an appeal to parents, healthcare professionals and policy decision-makers, to go the extra mile towards inculcating healthy lifestyle habits in children, so that they grow up to be healthy adults.

Tobacco and Cancer: A smoke-free environment forms the basic premise of any cancer prevention programme. Nearly 30% of all cancer deaths are caused by the use of tobacco in any form. In the year 2006, almost 5 million people world-wide died due to cancer caused by tobacco. Most of the lung cancers in the world today boil down to the use of tobacco. Statistics show that in several regions of the world, more than 30 percent of children have experimented with tobacco products before they have turned 10. Amid such a scenario, children must be taught about the ill-effects of smoking, use of tobacco and it’s far reaching repercussio
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