February 4 is a day where we have the chance to raise our collective voices in the name of improving our understanding of cancer: of getting to know the risks and, importantly, overcoming misconceptions about this terrible disease.
World Cancer Day is an international movement held at the same time every year and is an opportunity for the entire world to join together in the fight against cancer.
Every year, World Cancer Day focuses on a specific theme. This year the theme is “Debunk the Myths” and refers to an international incentive to encourage each of us to seek out the truth and supporting evidence for cancer.
Emphasis has been placed on the four main myths of cancer. These are:
Research and more research is the key to beating cancer, as well as debunking those myths that cause fear and stigma, preventing people from seeking early detection and treatment.
Cancer research is building momentum – finding new answers, faster – and despite cancer being a leading cause of death in Australia, survival rates are on the increase.
Prioritising basic genetic discovery over research into specific cancer types will ensure this trend of discovery is maximised, bringing the cures for cancer closer.
Every day brings new light in the fight against cancer and there are many ways you can be involved:
The ACRF funds research into the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures for cancer. Together we have the power to debunk the myths and create a cancer free future.