Are you afraid of cancer? Most people are! Cancer falls under the category of dread diseases. The very word seems to sound the death knell and drives the patient , and his/her near and dear ones to a state of helplessness and despair.
This unfortunately, is still the state despite the advancements in medical science. However, this needn’t be so. While research has not been able to conclusively establish the reasons for all types of cancers, which are caused by abnormal cell activity, it has made the treatment, and management of effects of treatment possible.
This is a huge positive that needs to be communicated so that people come forward to receive the treatment, which strikes as much fear into the hearts as the disease itself. What is essential in awareness about cancer is the fact that early detection vastly improves the chances of treatment.
Along with that, it is important to know that while there are certain forms of cancers that cannot be prevented, some can. Lung cancer due to smoking is totally a self inflicted disease, as is HIV B and C which later develop into liver cancer, which is aggravated by alcohol consumption. Knowledge is power, and we need to spread awareness not only about the prevention, but early detection.
This in itself is the theme for the 2012 World Cancer day as the World Health Organization (WHO) has coined the slogan, in partnership with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) have adopted the slogan of “‘Together It Is Possible” by which it is raising awareness about the detection and treatment techniques available for cancer patients.
Cancer is responsible for close to 13 per cent of deaths globally, and in Pakistan too, it is the leading killer. As far as Pakistan is concerned, breast cancer among the women, and prostrate cancer among the men are at the top of the list, and it is simply because people do not get themselves screened at regular intervals, or due to some kind of shame attached with the disease.
It is very important to spread awareness that not only are all kinds of cancer treatments available in Pakistan, there are many welfare organizations and hospitals who provide financial for the non-affording patients. People who are diagnosed with cancer must not lose hope, and consult with a good oncologist to learn about all the options available.
As for family and friends, their role is equally important as care givers for the cancer patients need moral and emotional support which only a good close network of loved ones can provide.
Have you ever come across with someone diagnosed with cancer?