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Cancer Awareness Month
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November Cancer Awareness Month

There are many cancers that are still relatively misunderstood and not often discussed.  However, it is essential for everyone to be aware of these diseases. Cancer awareness can also lead to people making healthier lifestyle choices.  To inculcate safe lifestyle practices in people, awareness programs should be conducted more widely and frequently.

A great part of the suffering and death from cancer could be counteracted by increasing systematic efforts to decrease tobacco use, improve diet and physical activity, and grow the utilization of screening tests.

This article is supposed to inform you why Cancer Awareness is important. Shouldn’t it be obvious though?

You would think so, but so many people do not know how much cancer impacts people’s daily lives, to begin with. A lot of the times you will not know about it until it directly affects you or someone you know.

Raising awareness for cancer may not cure it, but it can help lots of people in a number of ways. As cancer awareness events and campaigns reach more people, they will:

  • Promote screening and prevention efforts
  • Encourage research advancements and funding
  • Help reduce the stigma of cancer
  • Connect people to the support and care they need

Here are some quick facts on pancreatic, lung, stomach, and carcinoid cancer.

  • Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is only 9%, in comparison to breast cancers five-year survival rate of 90%. The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found.

  • Lung cancer kills almost 2x as many women as breast cancer and 3x as many men as prostate cancer. Lung cancer also kills 196 women every day.

  • Stomach cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths globally and is the fifth most common cancer type worldwide. The five-year survival rate for stage IV patients is 4% and the overall five-year survival rate is 29.3%

  • Over 90% of all carcinoid/neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients are incorrectly diagnosed and treated for the wrong disease. The average time from the initial onset of symptoms to proper diagnosis exceeds five years.

You may be wondering “How can I help now that I know?”

You can help in many ways. Start by spreading the word. Make others aware and if you want to, and are able to donate, then do it! By funding research, you are giving hope for a cure.

Bringing awareness to these, and many other cancers can make a big impact on current and future patients’ lives. The annual breast cancer awareness campaign has proven to be effective in stimulating online activity and holds useful lessons for other cancer awareness initiatives.

Supporters hope that greater awareness and knowledge will lead to earlier detection of cancer, which is directly associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for cancer research will result in better detection, treatments, improved survival rates, and ultimately a cure.

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by abrieljoyu

Abriel is currently a master's student studying mental health & wellness. She is also a cancer survivor, writer, and mental health advocate. In her spare time, she enjoys connecting with family and friends, painting, reading a good book, and creating new playlists.


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