World Cancer Day is observed on the 4 February every year all over the world to focus the attention on the struggle to address the problem of cancer. World Cancer Day gives opportunity to reflect on the problem of cancer, on prevention of cancer, on ways to alleviate the suffering of patients affected by cancer and on the strategy to lower the incidence of cancer. The theme adopted in relation to the three year World Cancer Day campaign from 2016-2018 is “we can, I can.” It explores the measures which we can be taken by one and all to decrease incidence and death attributed to cancer.
According to the World Health organization (WHO) cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world, being responsible for 1 in 6 deaths. Globally 8.8 million deaths in 2015 were due to cancer. There were 14 million new cases of cancer in 2012 and this number is expected to rise by 70 % over the next twenty years
In 2016, a total of 2,607 new cases of cancer have been registered by the National Cancer Registry. 1.549 of these cases occurred in females and 1,058 in males representing 4.7% increase in the incidence of cancer.
The most common form of cancer in females is breast cancer followed by colorectal and cervical cancer whereas in males, colorectal prostrate and lung cancer remain the most form of cancer.
Mortality due to cancer, on the rise during the last decade, reached a total of 1,362 deaths in 2016. There were 631 deaths among males and 711 among females due to cancer.
The opportunity was taken to organize a function on Thursday 8 Feb, 2018 at 2.00 p.m. at the Rivière du Rempart Youth Centre marked by the presence of the Dr the Hon Anwar Husnoo, Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Dr L Musango, the WHO Regional Representative and other eminent personalities to launch activities for the celebration of the World Cancer Day.
Emphasis has been laid on medical check-up and health screening. It is considered that early detection can be means for identifying cancer. Healthy, balanced diet and physical exercise healthy living will go a long way for prevention of cancer.
The Minister seized the opportunity to announce that the government was embarking on procedures for the implementation of a new Cancer Center project. It will be an innovative project combining refurbishment, renovation of the existing premise and putting up of a modern block with reception, outpatient, consultation, operation theatre, high technology equipment, consisting of linear accelerator PET/CT Scan to give a new orientation to cancer treatment.
It will pave the way to make of our country a regional reference center for treatment of cancer.
Ministry of Health and Quality of Life