In 2019, world-wide an estimated 18.1 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer and it is expected that by 2040, this number will rise to 27.5 million.
In the UK, around 360,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, which is projected to rise to over half a million of new cancer cases by 2035. This alarming trend can be reversed. Research shows that more than 4 in 10 cases could be prevented, largely through living a healthier lifestyle.
On February 4, World Cancer Day aims raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority. This year marks the midpoint of a three-year campaign titled “I Am and I Will”, which calls for people to make a personal pledge to combatting cancer.
Around the world, communities hold seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through screening and early detection, healthy eating and physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging governments and public officials to make cancer issues a priority.
As set out in the Long Term Plan, increasing the number of people diagnosed with cancer earlier, making it easier to treat and improving people’s chances of survival is a top priority for the NHS.
SCW is currently working with a number of cancer alliances across England, helping them understand their populations better to improve screening; providing support for early diagnosis; increasing diagnostics capacity so that target test to treatment times are met. We are also supporting a number of systems with the rollout of personalised care, tailored to people’s needs, end of life care and new developments in genomic science.
Cancer affects all of us. On World Cancer Day we would like to ask you to think about what actions and commitments SCW can do to reduce cancers impact on the people we work with, the people we love, and ourselves.
You could make a personal pledge to quit smoking, cut down on alcohol, eat more fruit and veg or being a bit more active. Or you may have some suggestions for actions that SCW could do to make a positive difference.
Find out more information at World Cancer Day.
If you would like to suggest some actions that SCW could take, or find out more about our work supporting cancer services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.