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February 4th, 2010. World Cancer Day.

Posted by admin On Febrero - 5 - 2010

In words of the AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer – as per its abbreviation in Spanish): “40% of cancer cases could be avoided”.

We are not only talking about a piece of information, a statistic, a simple percentage, we are also talking about 40% of people and families affected by cancer, neighbors, friends, parents, siblings, colleagues, whose suffering could have been avoided.
And this bothers us, and it bothers us very much, even more so when we talk about one of the main causes of death in the world. Like we said in our first post: Cancer is an illness that makes no distinction between rich and poor. It gets less attention in the media and news pages than other more recent illnesses, despite the fact that cancer takes more lives than any of them […]. Its universal nature seems to have made us resign to it.

But, why don’t we turn this around and look at it with positivity? The statistics speak for themselves: of the 26 million new cancer cases and 17 million deaths calculated for the year 2030, 40% can be avoided.

But how can we achieve this? According to the UICC (International Union Against Cancer as per its abbreviation in Spanish), illnesses such as lung, skin, cervix and colorectal cancers, are potentially avoidable simply by taking into practice a series of pieces of advice such as not smoking, avoiding second hand smoke, limiting alcohol consumption, avoiding an excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays and keeping the right weight through a balanced diet and the practice of physical exercise on a regular basis.

Therefore, CANCER PREVENTION was the slogan everyone shouted with energy yesterday February 4th, 2010, and of course, all of us at Europe by  Tandem raise our voices as one more. CANCER PREVENTION is a message aimed at raising awareness and  “educating” mainly young people, who are our future, so that they adopt a healthy lifestyle and can avoid having more possibilities of suffering from this illness.

We strongly recommend a visit to the 2010 World Cancer Day Website. And, of course, follow their advice!

For parents

1. Teach children starting from a very early age to eat a varied diet
2. Include in their diet fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, cereal, legumes, pasta, rice, dairy and, why not? Every once in a while, pastry or a sweet treat!
3. Get them out of the house so they can play in the park or on the street and sign them up to sports activities.
5. Present the food in an attractive manner.

For children:

1. If you get hungry… a piece of fruit or a bit of dairy will be your allies.

2. Participate in the preparation of food, even if you don’t believe it…it’s a lot of fun!

3. Play, run, jump, get up from the sofa!

4. Go out to play at the park or out to the street with your friends.
5. Ask your parents to take you camping. Everyone to the countryside!
The fight is yielding results and there are more and more people every time who manage to face this illness and defeat it. Prevention and early diagnosis are fundamental, for that reason, because of this day we encourage you to spread this information so this message can reach at least as many people as those affected by the illness.
On February 4th, World Cancer Day, is an event coordinated by the UICC (International Union Against Cancer), in cooperation with the WHO (World Health Organization) and with different cancer associations in many countries.

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