World Cancer Day
Today on World Cancer Day FIP would like to fully support the initiatives of the International Union Against Cancer (IUCC) in their 2010 World Cancer Day Campaign "Cancer can be prevented too" . (Read the IUCC Press Release here).
According to the IUCC, each year, 12 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million people die of cancer. If no action is taken, the worldwide cancer burden is projected to reach 26 million new diagnoses in the year 2030 and 17 million deaths, with the most rapid increases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
Shocking statistics. The good news is that up to 40% of cancers CAN be prevented. Pharmacists all around the world play an invaluable part in the prevention of cancer through primary care and public health initiatives. As the most accessible health care professional in many communities, pharmacists are often the first to council patients on healthy lifestyle choices that may or may not accompany treatment with medicines. Promoting tobacco cessation, healthy eating and active lifestyles are integral roles for pharmacists that support the prevention of cancer.
FIP encourages all of its Member Organisations to promote healthy lifestyle campaigns at national levels and to urge individual pharmacists to talk to each of their patients about healthy lifestyle initiatives - it may just save their lives.
To support World Cancer Day and sign the official declaration, please click here.
Click here to view an extremely interesting video on the current and future state of Cancer Prevention and Treatment as presented by Dr David Agus at the TEDMED Conference in 2009.