Cancer is the leading cause of death in developed countries and the second leading cause of death in developing countries. An estimated 9.6 million people die from cancer every year. The most common cancer in women globally is breast cancer which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide, with an estimated 458,400 deaths a year.
Aptly themed: I Am and I will, Students And Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Cancer Day in solidarity with all progressive actors globally who are responding to cancer. This year`s World Cancer Day comes at a time when Zimbabwe like most other countries globally is responding to the covid-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic presents a more complex situation for individuals with underlying conditions such as cancer, HIV, diabetes amongst other conditions. The student movement seeks to raise awareness on cancer and to encourage prevention, detection, and treatment amongst children and young people with a particular focus on subpopulations such as young people living with HIV, young people with disabilities, adolescent girls and young women.
SAYWHAT resonates with the theme , “I Am and I Will” as itspeaks to the values of human centred design of interventions and initiatives targeted at preserving, promoting and fulfilling health rights for all human beings.
In order to influence change, governments and other duty bearers should take full responsibility for rolling out programmes to prevent and manage cancer. World Cancer Day provides an opportunity to facilitate co-creation of cancer solutions within the domains of prevention and management. These opportunities can best be exploited if adequate resources are put in place to support a robust public health system.
SAYWHAT calls upon the rest of the world to be vigilant about their health. The theme “I Am and I Will” today, brings to the fore a new reality that as we fight to raise awareness on cancer, the motto should say, “I Am determined and I Will lead a healthy lifestyle in certainty.”
SOLIDARITY IS A MUST ON CANCER DAY AND BEYOND.