Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019. 1:50 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Cancer is defined as a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to spread and invade the body. Cancer can involve any tissue of the body and have many different forms in each body area. Most cancers are named for the type of cell or organ in which they start.
Cancer has a major impact on society in Belize and all over the world.
The US National Cancer Institute noted that cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide. In 2012, there were 14.1 million new cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths worldwide.
The institute says that the number of new cancer cases per year is expected to rise to 23.6 million by 2030.
The most common cancers (listed in descending order according to estimated new cases in 2018) are breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, melanoma of the skin, bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, endometrial cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and liver cancer.
The Belize Cancer Society has taken on the task of advocating, educating, providing evidence-based guidance, and promoting the awareness, prevention and treatment of cancer for the benefit of those affected and their families through networking and partnership with the public and private sectors.
An annual walk is held every year to raise funds to assist cancer victims and their families with treatment. Apart from fundraising efforts, families walk in unity and in remembrance of a loved one who lost their battle with cancer.
Some families walk in honor of someone who is still fighting; some walk because they are grateful to be survivors themselves; or just touched by the awareness of what a terrible disease cancer is and hope that we can someday, somehow, find a cure…the walk means something different for everyone.
Belize’s Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow partners with the Belize Cancer Society every year to promote cancer awareness by featuring survivors in a cancer awareness flyer.
Most recently in Belize, we have lost many loved ones to cancer and their families embark on that journey with their loved ones pushing until the very end.
With early detection and immediate treatment, some Belizeans survive and thrive while battling the disease. Cancer survivors encourage others to conduct their medical tests since an early detection can save lives.
And though cancer invades the body, there is one thing it cannot cripple and that is love. Families are blessed with the many memories of their loved ones to cherish, photographs, videos and special moments of our time with them.
Cherish each memory and they’ll live in our hearts forever for the bountiful laughs and smiles they gifted us with.
While we battle cancer or provide love, affection and care for our loved ones and friends, we are reminded that this disease cannot invade the soul.
Most importantly, cancer cannot corrode faith.
“Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.”
In loving memory of Cathie Butcher, Jesusita Castellanos, Lily Puc, Bruce Cadle, Earl Codd, Austin Armstrong and all our loved ones lost to cancer.
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