Today is World Cancer Day. The primary aim of the day is to get as many people as possible, around the globe, to talk about cancer on February 4th.

Why World Cancer Day is important?

  • Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
  • World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media

There are currently around 200 known types of cancer. From lung and oesophageal, to bowel and skin cancer.

Lung cancer is by far the biggest killer. Every year it takes the lives of around 1.4 million people globally. That is the just under a third of the population of Ireland who die from lung cancer every year.

Stomach cancer is the second biggest killer, with around 740,000 deaths per year, and liver cancer is third with 700,000 per year.

Most of recorded cancer cases are found in developed countries, namely in North America, Oceania and Western Europe. But, of all global cancer deaths, 70% are found in the developed world.

The number of cancer deaths is not expected to decrease any time soon, either. Projections say that the number of cancer deaths will hit 12 million across the world by 2030; a rise of more than 30% in under 15 years.

Estimates show that more than 30% of all cancer deaths could be prevented by a changing lifestyle – including stopping smoking, more exercise and using more sun cream.

With these worrying statistics fresh in our mind, let us make sure that together we do our part to beat cancer. Remember, you are more likely to survive cancer if you spot it at an early stage.

Take time today to check your body for changes that could be cancer. Talk to your GP if you notice anything unusual or if you have concerns.