World Cancer Day encourages prevention, detection, and treatment

Updated: Feb. 4, 2019 at 12:55 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Today, February 4, is World Cancer Day, an international day to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2018, one out of six people worldwide died from cancer - that’s more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

CANCER IN LOUISIANA (Source: American Cancer Society)

  • 26,800 - Estimated new cases, 2019
  • 9,260 - Estimated deaths, 2019
  • 484.4 - Incidence rates, 2011-2015
  • 183.5  - Death rates, 2012 - 2016

A handout about key issues from the organizers behind World Cancer Day, breaks down some of the myths and misinformation about cancer.


  • Screening for some types of cancer can test for signs of it developing

Some cancers that can be effectively screened for includes bowel, breast, cervical, colorectal (colon) and lung. However, this does vary from country to country.


  • Know your body: early detection saves lives

Not all cancers show early signs and symptoms. However, many cancers can and do show signs that something isn’t quite right. These include breast, cervical, colorectal, skin, oral, and some childhood cancers. Finding cancer early almost always makes it is easier to treat or even cure.


Misinformation, misconceptions and stigma around cancer creates a negative cycle that further acts to confirm our fears. Our fears can prevent us from seeking early detection, or to delay or avoid treatment and care altogether.

American Cancer Society is encouraging you to join the discussion on social media today using #WorldCancerDay help transform cancer from deadly to treatable and from treatable to preventable.

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