World Cancer Day 2013: How To Get Involved
Filed under | Op-Ed
Today is World Cancer Day. A day when people across the globe unite to take a stand against a disease that’s affected us all – mothers, fathers, friends, grandparents, and, heartbreakingly, even our children.
Here are some ways YOU can get involved this World Cancer Day (or any day of the year).
-Download an “I Stand Up For” placard in a variety of languages to show the world who you stand up for online, in your office, or at home.
-Honor a survivor, someone you’ve lost, or even yourself by launching a star in the SU2C Constellation. You’ll create a place where friends and family can always leave their messages of support, tributes, and celebration.
-Get active with Team SU2C. Simply pick any race in your community through which you’d like to raise funds for cancer research. Whether you’re walking a 5K, biking in a century race, or running a marathon for Team SU2C, your involvement enables collaboration among the best and the brightest in the cancer research community. And now, Stand Up To Cancer is included in the Charity Miles mobile application! To learn more about this free app and how you can support SU2C for every mile you run, walk or bike, click here: www.charitymiles.org.
-Reduce your risk for cancer by avoiding tobacco, cutting back on alcohol use, avoiding excessive exposure to the sun and tanning beds, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active. Additionally, research shows that screening for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers helps prevent these diseases by finding precancerous lesions so they can be treated before they become cancerous. Lastly, vaccines also help reduce cancer risk. The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent most cervical cancers and many vaginal, vulvar, and anal cancers, and the hepatitis B vaccine can help reduce liver cancer risk.
-Tell someone currently going through cancer that you love them. It’s through love, passion, and an unflinching commitment to cutting-edge science that, one day, we’ll triumph over this disease.
Stand Up To Cancer.