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Thursday, February 4, 2016

World Cancer Day

Cancer is that big C that no one ever wants to hear when talking to a doctor. Many family members of my own have suffered from cancer and yes we have lost loved ones from the terrible killer as well. Today, February 4th saw many patients, families, doctors, friends and scientist everywhere will observe world cancer day. The campaign known as World Cancer Day started in 2000 and aims to promote research to cure and prevent the disease as well as improve treatment and raise awareness. The theme this year and for the next couple of years is "we can I can"

The American Cancer Society offers the fact that about 14.5 million Americans who have or had cancer are still living today. There are about 1.6 million Americans diagnosed each year and around the world there are 14.1 individuals that learn they have cancer in any given year. The most common cancers are lung, breast, bowel and prostate. The cancer survival rate in the U.S. continues to rise as well.

“Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.” — actress Jennifer Aniston

"I believe that we need a moon shot in this country to cure cancer. It's personal. But I know we can do this ... because there are so many breakthroughs just on the horizon in science and medicine, the things that are just about to happen. And we can make them real with an absolute national commitment to end cancer as we know it today." — Vice President Joe Biden

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