DAYTON, OHIO—World Cancer Day is Saturday, Feb. 4. The annual global event unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer by raising awareness and education about the disease.
About 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide each year, according to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a membership organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, that works closely with key international United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization. UICC seeks to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
The theme of the 2017 World Cancer Day is “We can. I can.” It explores how people can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. People worldwide are tweeting from Feb. 1-5 using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay or #WeCanICan.
Locally, James R. Ouellette, D.O., FACS, a surgical oncologist with Wright State Physicians and an associate professor of surgery and director of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Division of Surgical Oncology, encourages people to participate in World Cancer Day, reflecting on what they can do in their own lives to help reduce their cancer risk.
“Cancer impacts not only patients but also their families and communities,” Ouellette said. “Quit smoking, eat less red and processed meat, exercise regularly and reduce your alcohol intake. By making better health choices, we can make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
Wright State Physicians Surgical Oncology provides individualized, comprehensive cancer care to patients throughout the greater Dayton area. The practice’s physicians treat several forms of cancer, including thyroid, breast, esophageal, stomach, colon, rectum, peritoneal, pancreatic, liver, melanoma and sarcoma. For more information, call (937) 424-2469.