World Cancer Day Aims to Reduce the Detrimental Impact of Cancer
February 4th is World Cancer Day, making February a month to really think about the impact that cancer has on our lives and the lives of people across the globe. Why do we care? At Riviera Hair Replacement, many of our clients experience hair loss or hair thinning because of cancer treatments.
Men and women come to us to alleviate this side-effect, which, for some, is an unwelcome badge of their illness.
Dealing with a cancer diagnosis is hard for everyone, especially the patient. If, during this time, they can look like their “old self,” it can help maintain the positive outlook that is so important to recovery. We offer various hair replacement solutions and can design and create one that can restore your hair and confidence. Our team is proud of the work we do. We love knowing that our clients leave Riviera Hair Replacement feeling and looking their best.
In honor of our friends, clients, and family members who have been touched in some way by cancer, we’d like to share some information with you about World Cancer Day.
What is World Cancer Day?
World Cancer Day is a global initiative spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Its purpose is to raise global awareness, spur action, and improve education. Its ultimate goal? A planet where “millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved, and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live.”
What Events Occur on (or around) World Cancer Day?
There are currently more than 250 events and activities planned around the globe that will occur on February 4th or in the days before and after. The events are geared toward education, fundraising, screening, and awareness.
For example, in Malaysia, there is a virtual world cancer day run occurring all month long, as well as a t-shirt sale to raise money to provide HPV vaccines to the needy. In Indonesia, there is a survivor’s creativity competition. In Ireland, people can register for a free public webinar about how your food choices can reduce your cancer risk.
Why is There a World Cancer Day?
Wouldn’t it be nice to NOT have to think about cancer? Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t have that luxury. 10 million people worldwide die from cancer every year. Experts project that number could rise to 13 million by 2030. More than ½ of cancer deaths occur in lesser developed parts of the world. In developed countries, there are inequities in treatment and death rates among higher and lower-income people.
World Cancer Day seeks to remedy some of the inequities and prevent deaths in a variety of ways. The UICC believes that acting can result in real change.
“Through investing in research and innovation, we have witnessed extraordinary breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, and scientific knowledge. The more we know, the more progress we can make in reducing risk factors, increasing prevention, and improving cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and care. Through raising the public and political literacy and understanding around cancer, we reduce fear, increase understanding, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviors and attitudes.”
What Can You Do to Participate in World Cancer Day?
Anything! The UICC encourages anyone and everyone to participate in World Cancer Day. You can take 1 minute, 5 minutes, or make a life-long commitment to decreasing cancer’s impact on the world. Some suggestions from UICC include:
- Write a letter to a politician advocating for cancer research funding or asking them to make a committed public statement regarding the importance of cancer education or prevention.
- Create and share a social media post about cancer- information to educate, raise awareness, or a personal cancer story.
- If you have a platform like a website, blogging site, or access to other media, use it to share your commitment to cancer awareness and prevention.
- Create your own event or program
- Read an article, educate yourself about the risks of cancer and how to reduce them.
- Start a conversation with your family or friends about what you learn.
- Donate to a cancer organization that supports your values
- Spend time with someone you know who has cancer or is a survivor
- Participate in an event – a walk, run, webinar, screening program, or another scheduled event.
- For more details about events and ways to help recognize world cancer day, visit: https://www.worldcancerday.org/take-action
Call Riviera Hair Replacement
If you are experiencing hair thinning or hair loss from cancer treatments or any other reason, Riviera Hair Replacement has discreet, professional hair replacement specialists waiting to help you. Call us at 516-364-0110 to learn more about our hair replacement options and get on the road to looking and feeling confident and beautiful!