Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2021. 6:59 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Around the world, February 4 is observed as World Cancer Day. The theme this year is “I am and I will”. The theme focuses on how action will influence the global impact of cancer.
Data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) indicates that cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in the Americas.
In 2020 alone, about 14 million people from this region were diagnosed with cancer.
An estimated 1.4 million people died from cancer in 2020.
And approximately 57% of new cancer cases and 47% of cancer deaths occurred in people 69 years of age or younger, in the prime of their lives.
Prime Minister John Briceno issued a statement calling on all to spread awareness of the importance to join hands in the fight against cancer.
“We must also spread awareness of the importance to come together and fight against cancer and educate the youth of today with the knowledge we have gained throughout the years with advancements in science and medicine, and continuing to push for early screening, saving many preventable deaths,” Briceno said.
World Cancer Day aims to save millions of lives each year by raising awareness and education about cancer and by calling on governments and people around the world to take action against the disease.
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