On 4th February, 2016 (Thrusday), a Candle Lighting Ceremony was organized by Nepal Cancer Relief Society on the occasion of World Cancer Day in Patan Durbar Square, in honor of all cancer fighters and survivors. The theme for this year was "We Can. I Can" that explored how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. World Cancer Day is also important to highlight that the global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. Currently 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which 4 million are premature deaths (aged 30 to 69 years). Urgent action needs to be taken to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to address the cancer burden.
Create Healthy Environments
Educational institutions and workplaces have important roles to play in preventing cancer. Both of the organization can promote cancer wellness programs and educate about healthy lifestyle to minimize the risk of cancer.
Improve access to Cancer Care:
We can advocate for improved access to cancer
Educating and informing individuals and communities about the links between lifestyle and cancer risk is the first step in effective cancer prevention. We can empower people by explaining the negative impact of cancer risk factors like smoking, poor diet, alcohol consumption to adopt healthy lifestyle.
Inspire Action, Take Action
We can all call on government to step up their response to cancer by pushing for Actions that we know will reduce premature deaths and improve quality. We can provide evidence based research to challenge perception about myths and misconception of cancer.
Make Healthy Lifestyle
Everyone can take steps to reduce their risk of cancer
Understand that early detection saves lives:
Diagnosing cancer isn’t always easy – not all
Ask for Support:
Support groups can provide a caring and supportive environment for people living with cancer to express their feelings and reduce anxiety and fear. Therefore, people living with cancer and their caregivers can ask for support to help them cope with cancer.
Share My Stories:
Cancer survivors can give hope to those newly diagnosed with cancer. By sharing stories, cancer survivors can give hope and support to others affected by this diseases
The program started with a musical program by students. The program started by Mr Vimal Kumar Hoda as Master of Ceremony, then Welcome Speech was delivered by Diwakar Rajkarnika. In addition Dr Rajendra Prasad Baral highlighted the importance of the early detection of cancer and the positive impact of the cancer treatment. Finally, the Candle Lighting Ceremony began with the "Vote of Thanks" from NCRS' Vice- President Mr Krishna Bahadur Basnet.
There were more than 100 participants in this function, from various governmental and non-governmental organizations, local schools, and the locals from the Lalitpur area.
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Thank you all for coming!