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Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with 9.6 million people dying from the disease each year (Bray et. al., 2018). Monday 4th February is World Cancer Day when individuals and organisations unite to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer. Led by the Union of International Cancer Control, the day specifically aims to rally the international community to raise awareness of the disease and encourages its prevention, detection and treatment.
In 2019, World Cancer Day started a three-year campaign under the tagline “I am and I will”, which endeavours to empower individuals to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love, and for the world. Around the world, communities will hold a range of events on the day to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through early detection and screening, as well as through making healthy lifestyle choices like physical activity and healthy eating.
Cancer is a global health challenge. In 2018, 18 million people were diagnosed with cancer worldwide (Bray et. al., 2018), with cancer deaths making up one-quarter of non-communicable deaths in the Western Pacific Region (WHO 2012). While cancer is a critical health and human issue, almost one-third of common cancers are preventable (Brown et. al., 2018; Islami et. al., 2018; Wilson et. al., 2018). These cases are due to behavioural and dietary risks, such as high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.
POLHN offers a range of courses that have been specifically designed for healthcare professionals to gain knowledge about how lifestyle factors can predispose patients to cancer, as well as assist healthcare professionals to help others change aspects of their lifestyle and limit risk factors to prevent cancer. Few of the courses can also help Health Care team in combating emergency situations and infections in cancer patients as well. These courses include:
For those who have completed these courses, stay tuned as new courses on Alcohol and Healthy Diet (Macronutrients and Micronutrients) are coming soon. To be the first to know, sign up to our newsletter by clicking here.
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