World Cancer Day: Early diagnosis is key

The world comes together today to celebrate cancer day and create awareness for the disease.

On World Cancer Day today, experts are emphasising that prevention remains the most important part of fighting cancer. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

Head of Service at Cansa, Gerda Strauss, told Bloemfontein Courant that early diagnosis remains key. “If you know what you can do in order to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent getting sick, that is crucial.

“If you have a cancer diagnosis make sure that you get treatment and not interrupt that treatment. There is always hope because cancer is not a death sentence,” added Strauss.

According to, World Cancer Day is aimed at informing and encouraging people on its prevention, treatment, and early detection. This initiative was taken by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to campaign and advocate for the targets of the World Cancer Declaration, penned in 2008

The UICC was established in 1993. Based in Geneva, it is a membership-based society working towards the eradication of cancer around the world and advancing medical research. Under its direction, the first International Cancer Day was celebrated in Geneva, Switzerland in the same year.

Blaine Jones