Over the last years we have seen a large number of profit and especially non-for-profit organizations launch cancer posters of all sizes, formats and styles. This trend evidences one undisputable fact: cancer posters play a crucial role in cancer awareness, and not just for conventional treatment but also in therapies using natural remedies. Some quick stats indicate that the importance of cancer awareness and cancer prevention cannot be overrated.
In developing countries, 80 to 90 percent of cancer patients already suffer from advanced and incurable cancers at the time of diagnosis, according to WHO. Furthermore, more than 160,000 cases of childhood cancers are diagnosed and approximately 90,000 children die of cancer each year. Given that 80 percent of children with cancer live in developing countries where effective treatment is not available, one in every two children diagnosed with cancer will inevitably die.
Because this is a very difficult-to-deal-with disease in the absence of effective treatment, if the current trend continues, it is estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 10 million cancer deaths per year and 60 percent of all new cancer cases will occur in the developing world.
Colonoscopy cancer posters Cancer comprises a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division leading to growth of abnormal tissue. Most types of cancer cells form a lump or mass called a tumor. Tumors can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous). The cells in malignant tumors can invade and damage nearby tissue and organs. Cancer cells can also break away from a malignant tumor and travel through the bloodstream or lymphatic system to form new tumors in other parts of the body.
It is believed that cancers arise from both genetic and environmental factors, leading to aberrant growth regulation of a stem cell population, or by the dedifferentiation of more mature cell types. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they begin. For example, cancer that begins in cells in the skin known as ‘melanocytes’ is called melanoma and cancer that begins in the lung is called lung cancer. In addition to melanoma and lung cancer, other common cancers include breast, prostate, colon and rectum, urinary bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, kidney and renal pelvis, pancreas, oral cavity and pharynx (head and neck), and ovary.
There is a wrong preconception that cancer is an incurable disease and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. This is false. Even though there are some cases in which the disease has advanced so much that modern medicine cannot help to revert it, there are many other cases in which the disease, if diagnosed earlier, can be controlled and even cured, through conventional medicine or using natural remedies.
This is why cancer awareness is so important. People are daily exposed to many risk factors that seriously damage their heath and directly increase their chances of being diagnosed with cancer. Take smokers, as a case in point. Every year, tobacco kills an estimated 5 million people, of whom 1.2 million die of lung cancer. Today, between 25 percent and 30 percent of all cancer deaths are due to tobacco use. Quitting now could prevent getting lung cancer in the near future.
By avoiding exposure to cancer risk factors, medical specialist believe that it is possible to prevent at least 30 percent of the estimated 10 million cancer cases that occur each year throughout the world. Furthermore, 30 percent of all cancer cases could be cured, given earlier diagnosis and effective treatment. These are not tiny numbers.
Through their clear and straight-forward messages, cancer posters contribute to raise cancer awareness among the population and by doing so, they prevent a large number of deaths due to cancer. Moreover, they emphasize that prevention saves lives.
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