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Today is World Cancer Day.

To mark this day, the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is launching a new worldwide campaign called “Cancer can be prevented too”. The aim is to increase public awareness about the simple steps we can all take to prevent cancer, especially in our later years.

According to UICC President, Professor Hill: “Of the 12 million people who are diagnosed with cancer each year around 20 per cent of cases can be attributed to viral and bacterial infections that either directly cause or increase the risk of cancer.”

There are many cancers caused by viral or bacterial infections which can be prevented through very simple measures including vaccination, and lifestyle changes such as:

• Stopping tobacco use and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke

• Limiting alcohol consumption

• Avoiding excessive sun exposure

• Maintaining a healthy weight, through eating healthily and exercising regularly.

It’s astonishing to think that the risk of developing cancer can potentially be reduced by up to 40 per cent through these simple lifestyle changes.

Now it’s time for everyone to help spread the message.

Firstly, visit the website – http://www.worldcancercampaign.org/

There are banners you can put on your blog or website, and e-cards you can send to your loved one.

Secondly, talk to your family and friends about it, and help spread the message online… tweet, blog and update your Facebook status.

Get behind UICC and help save our loved ones the world over.

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC), founded in 1933, is the world’s leading consortium of cancer-fighting organisations, with more than 300 members spanning Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.
Please sign the World Cancer Declaration: www.uicc.org/declaration
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