Most of the people are always asking what cancer awareness is about. Is it accepting that one is suffering from cancer or is it the general knowledge that cancer do exist. However, it entails a lot of things which most people neglect to pay attention to. Ignorance is considered as the major cause of mankind’s suffering. It is due to this reason that most people neglect to know the details about cancer only to be diagnosed with it later.
Hence cancer awareness is understanding the fact that cancer really exists, it is killing, and it can affect you as well. After one understands this, you will learn the various types of cancer, what causes them, their symptoms and most importantly how to avoid them. For those who are healthy and not suffering from cancer will be taught how to lead a healthy life and how to keep cancer away. You will also be asked to appreciate the unfortunate who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is just that they were not fortunate enough o find someone who could teach them on how to avoid cancer. Similarly it will be your responsibility to take care of the affected and help then directly or indirectly where you can. This can be through administering your services or funds to aid their recovery.
Cancer awareness can be of different kinds depending on the type of cancer. The awareness is an official public campaign and undertaken at a stipulated time with each cancer type having its own awareness month where education about that kind of cancer takes place. However April is considered as a general month for all cancers since it is the National Cancer Control month; hence awareness about cancer generally is done during this month.
However for other cancers, January is for cervical cancer awareness, March for colorectal cancer, and April for National Cancer Control, generally all types of cancer. May is considered as skin cancer awareness month, June for men’s health and related men’s cancers, July we have awareness for Sarcoma cancer, ovarian, gynelogical, prostate, leukemia and lymphoma cancers awareness are held in September. October is for breast cancer while Lung and pancreatic cancer awareness are held in November.
The main channels for awareness are public announcements through media, purchasing of products like t-shirts and ribbons which show your support and contributions towards this noble course, also usage of ribbons and specific colors are a major way of informing people about the cancer awareness campaigns. Specific colors for some of the cancers include yellow for bladder cancer, gray for brain cancer, pink for breast cancer, orange for leukemia and kidney cancers, green for liver cancer, purple for pancreatic cancer, white for lung cancer and so forth. These ribbons are worn on the particular month the awareness for the type of cancer they depict is held.
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