World Cancer Day
Thanks to Elsa for highlighting this day.
Today, 4 February is World Cancer Day, an annual campaign held on this day every year. Led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), with the purpose of raising awareness, improving understanding and promoting solutions to Cancer and its negative impact on our lives.
According to Cancer Research UK, as many as 1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer. So it’s hardly surprising that it is recognised as a critical health and human issue both here and worldwide
Originally conceived in 2000 the World Cancer Day movement has grown, and has had a positive impact for the benefit of all world citizens. This year’s theme is, “Close the Care Gap.” Its focus is to highlight and challenge the inequality and inequity in the treatment of Cancer. In healthcare, inequality refers to the uneven distribution of resources, inequity means unjust, avoidable differences in quality of care or outcomes.
It is hoped that by raising awareness of the equity gap that affects almost everyone, it will help close the cancer care gap for a cancer-free world. a future where people live healthier lives and have better access to health and cancer services, no matter where they are born, grow, age, work or live.
There is a link at the bottom of the article if you wish to find out some more about and get involved with UICC and World Cancer Day, as well as some other useful websites. Including one that offers financial advice regarding benefits and grants individuals with cancer can consider applying for.
And of course, PSS Wellbeing Centres recognise the impact on Wellbeing when a Cancer diagnosis is given. Emotionally it can be draining with worry, fear, anxiety, anger and sadness (and many more).
If you are worrying about this or anything else then you can always speak to one of the team. We have lots of activities that will help - relaxations, meditations, singing, social groups, and of course our Anxiety and Lifting Mood courses. We offer both face to face and online activities. We can also signpost people to organisations such as the CAB to help with financial/practical issues that will ease stress.
Some links to useful sites for further information