BCAC supports World Cancer Day

The Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (BCAC) is supporting World Cancer Day today (February 4) and its focus on what each of us can to do help reduce the global burden of cancer.

This year’s campaign has a tagline of “I can. We can” and aims to encourage people to take action to save lives, improve equity in cancer care, and make fighting cancer a political priority.

BCAC chairperson, Libby Burgess, says the global campaign’s message is an important one because it highlights the actions all of us can take to improve cancer care.

“Too often we think, I’m just one person and I can’t make a difference, but this campaign points out that each of us can take action to help save lives and improve care for those with cancer. 

“It reflects BCAC’s own motto: “Together we are stronger”.  I’d encourage everyone to check out the list of actions promoted by World Cancer Day and to explore what they can do to make a difference.”

The World Cancer Day’s “I can. We can” campaign lists 20 actions people can take to make a difference in the fight against cancer.  We’ve listed some of these below.  

Actions we can take collectively together (we can) include:

  • Inspire action and take action: to push for changes that we know will improve survival rates
  • Prevent cancer: by changing behaviours associated with the disease such as smoking, poor diet, sedentary lifestyles
  • Improve access to cancer care: by advocating for equal access to all treatments
  • Build a quality cancer workforce: by investing in professional development
  • Mobilise networks: to improve advocacy for quality cancer care and treatment
  • Shape policy change: push for policy change to improve cancer care.

Actions people can take on an individual level (I can) include:

  • Make healthy lifestyle choices: choosing to eat a healthy diet, be physically active and to quit smoking
  • Understand that early detection saves lives: because finding cancer early almost always means better outcomes.
  • Ask for support: if you have cancer and need help
  • Give support: if you’re a friend or family member of someone with cancer
  • Take control of your cancer journey: so that you’re empowered with information to make the choices that are right for you
  • Speak out: so that the voices of those with cancer are heard by decision makers.

BCAC encourages you to take actions as individuals and to join with us in our work to improve the care and treatment available to New Zealand women with breast cancer.  Find out more about joining BCAC here.

Find out more about World Cancer Day here.

4 Feb 2016

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