Today is World Cancer Day. This day is about empowering all of us across the world to show support, raise our voice, take personal action and press the governments to do more. World Cancer Day is a universal day where everyone across the world can unite and rally under the banner of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. World Cancer Day started because the organization believes that access to life-saving cancer diagnosis, treatment and care should be equal for all. The key to create change is to come together and hold the governments accountable.
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One of the most important ways to step up to cancer is to acknowledge the day and show your support. Whether it’s telling a friend or co-worker, posting about it on Facebook or retweeting a tweet. Acknowledging the day is one step in showing your support on World Cancer Day. Most importantly, it’s a great way to raise awareness and educate others about the cause as well.
Another way to show your support and step up to cancer is by spreading awareness about what you can do to lower your chances of getting cancer. Educate yourself on the topic from scholarly articles and reputable sources and then do your part in spreading this knowledge. Some ideas may include quitting tobacco, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, exercising, and eating healthier. Another way is to educate others about the importance of getting vaccinated or even promoting seeing your health care provider to ensure safety.
Stepping up to cancer can also include showing up to an event and showing your support. There are numerous events all across the globe dedicated for World Cancer Day. You can use the map they have on their website to find an event closest to you to attend. You can also volunteer to help or bring a whole group of friends and family to participate.
If there is not an event close by to you, you can always create your own event. This can be a fundraiser, conference, march or an event all about educating others on cancer and so forth. This is a great way to bring people together especially those who want to participate.
Sometimes, you may busy to attend an event because of school, work and other reasons. One of the next best things to support cancer is through donating. Whether you’re donating $1, $20, $500 or $1000, everything counts. Donating to Research Funds also helps these charities to be able to fund their research to potentially find a cure.
Finally, related to spreading awareness, if you would like to show your support through social media, you can use the designated hashtags they have which are #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan. Continuously tweet, Facebook or even Instagram this to spread awareness and to show others that they can participate and spread awareness too.
Whether you want to attend an event, create your own, donate or participate through social media, the most important part is that you are getting involved and stepping up to cancer. It’s important to spread awareness about the day and educate others so that they can spread awareness and educate their platforms as well. Let’s all stick together to come together and create change so that the people affected by cancer know that they are not alone.
My name is Linda Tran. I'm 24 years old from Boston and I'm majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Social Media at the Southern New Hampshire University. A fun fact about me is that I learned coding and HTML at the age of 11.