World Cancer Day 2021

"Over one third of cancer cases can be prevented"


On the occasion of this day, we want to give you the latest cancer facts, risk factors, and especially how you can prevent it!
Every week, you will learn more about a particular topic, giving you an updated and evidence-based information. We want to provide you with the knowledge and awareness to actively change your behaviours for a healthy life, decreasing your individual risk of developing cancer. 

As Gynaecologists, we will focus on women's cancers but will touch the other sites as well - so boys, don't worry, you can learn a lot, too!

To startup, we would like to present some key facts about cancer, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO):
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Globally, about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer.
- Around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioural 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.
- 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.


Coming up next week: a further look at the different types of gynaecological cancers, giving you additional and essential facts. You will be impressed by their importance - personally for you! Stay tuned! Be safe! Stay healthy!

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This post was written and last edited by Carmen: February 7th, 2021