With over 10 million global deaths attributed to cancer annually, cancer remains a leading cause of mortality. World Cancer Day, observed annually in February, unites the global community to confront one of humanity’s most significant challenges – the scourge of cancer. Furthermore, experts predict a 77% increase in new cancer cases by 2050 due to factors like ageing populations and exposure to unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, lung cancer ranks as the most common, followed by breast, colon, prostate, and stomach cancers. In South Africa, lung and colorectal cancer are prevalent among men, while cervical and breast cancer affect a significant number of women.
“Despite ongoing advancements, barriers to cancer care continue, including financial constraints, limited access to healthcare, and inequalities especially in rural and economically disadvantaged groups,” says Dr Karla Talbot, GP of telehealth provider, Zarcare.
On World Cancer Day 2024, Health Minister Joe Phaahla and Gauteng Health MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko recently emphasised the importance of screening, noting that more than a third of cancer cases are preventable, and another third are curable through early detection and proper treatment.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirms the escalating global burden of cancer, and while research and innovation bring significant advancements in treatment, a global commitment is essential to address this pressing issue.
“Education and early detection are key,” says Talbot. “And that is why, in unity with the global mission of raising awareness, educating, and driving action against cancer, Zarcare will be hosting a free online webinar on February 24, 2024.
The event will feature GP Dr. Karla Talbot and Specialist Wellness Counselor Liesl Townsend.
Join and register for free below:
– Details: Understanding and Overcoming Cancer
– Date: Saturday, 24 February 2024
– Time: 10h00 to 10h45
– Platform: Zoom
– Register for free here: https://bit.ly/WorldCancerDayWeb
By raising awareness, debunking myths, and promoting preventive measures, we can alleviate fear and reduce the impact of cancer. Through coordinated efforts, millions of lives can be saved.
For more information, please visit Zarcare’s website at www.zarcare.com