New figures from the Cancer Institute NSW show that in 2016 approximately 2,490 people in the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) were diagnosed with cancer and 705 people died from the disease.
World Cancer Day on Saturday, 4 February is a global event aiming to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease.
This year the theme of ‘We can. I can’ highlights how everyone can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
“Under the campaign theme ‘We Can. I Can.’ World Cancer Day offers an opportunity to reflect on how we can lessen the impact of cancer on our community and in our own lives,” Chief Executive, NNSW LHD, Wayne Jones, says.
“One third of cancers in Australia can be attributed to lifestyle factors including smoking, UV exposure, alcohol intake, diet and physical activity. By taking action to quit smoking, protect your skin, reduce alcohol, eat well and exercise, a person can reduce their risk of developing cancer.”
We can also come together to make a difference for people with cancer, pledging that: “We can keep improving cancer treatment,” or “We can turn research findings into new treatments for people with cancer.”
No matter who you are or what you do, everyone is encouraged to share a message on Saturday, 4 February, using #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay.
For more information on World Cancer Day in NSW visit: https://www.cancerinstitute.org.au/worldcancerday