World Cancer Day takes place every year on February 4th and is the uniting global initiative to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease while calling for action from governments and individuals across the world.
INCA continuously joins World Cancer Day with the full understanding of the need for NETs to be part of the general cancer awareness campaigns and cancer policies.
February 4th 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day. This year’s anniversary campaign will try to share more information on cancer prevention in a concerted manner. UICC invites us all to take part in the ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign, which calls on each person to make a commitment – big or small – and recommends to:
• Use World Cancer Day as an opportunity to improve the understanding of cancer risk factors and share your knowledge with others
• Make a commitment to reduce your cancer risks like quitting smoking, eating healthily, exercising regularly, and using sunscreen
• Take advantage of what the health system can provide, including getting a check-up, getting screened, and getting vaccinated
Although neuroendocrine cancers fall in the definition of rare forms of cancers and NET cancer risk factors are still unclear, prevention can be addressed by asking for more screening for NETs and more knowledge among healthcare professionals. The NET community is resolute to work with decision-makers to increase affordability of all treatments and tests for NET patients and improve the overall care of NETs, while advancing meaningful research.
To share all these messages, INCA joins the ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign via its social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter. Let us support the global effort to reduce cancer risk factors and ask for more affordable cancer services, including for NETs.