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Hey Phoenix fans, since March 2017 we here at Phoenix Radio have been featuring an charity each month that is close to our hearts. Remember, we don't care WHAT you do, just do SOMETHING!

This month we want to bring awareness to Cancer.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths EVERY year.

  • Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.

  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths

  • Cancer causing infections, such as hepatitis and human papilloma virus (HPV), are responsible for up to 25% of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common. In 2017, only 26% of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector. More than 90% of high-income countries reported treatment services are available compared to less than 30% of low-income countries.

  • The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing. The total annual economic cost of cancer in 2010 was estimated at approximately US$ 1.16 trillion (4).

  • Only 1 in 5 low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy.

The most common cancers are:

  • Lung (2.09 million cases)

  • Breast (2.09 million cases)

  • Colorectal (1.80 million cases)

  • Prostate (1.28 million cases)

  • Skin cancer (non-melanoma) (1.04 million cases)

  • Stomach (1.03 million cases)

The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:

  • Lung (1.76 million deaths)

  • Colorectal (862,000 deaths)

  • Stomach (783,000 deaths)

  • Liver (782,000 deaths)

  • Breast (627,000 deaths)


Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented by avoiding risk factors and implementing existing evidence-based prevention strategies. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.

A correct cancer diagnosis is essential for adequate and effective treatment because every cancer type requires a specific treatment regimen that encompasses one or more modalities such as surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. Determining the goals of treatment and palliative care is an important first step, and health services should be integrated and people-centred. The primary goal is generally to cure cancer or to considerably prolong life. Improving the patient's quality of life is also an important goal. This can be achieved by supportive or palliative care and psychosocial support.

For more information on this, check out our friends at the American Cancer Society, Canadian Cancer Society, and the World Health Organization. Click on their pictures below!



 

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