by Doug Ulman
Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day. On this Day, the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) launches “I Love My Healthy Active Childhood”, the second full-year theme in their Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s World cancer prevention campaign.
Why should we focus on children for cancer control? The World Cancer Research Fund estimates that 30 to 40% of cancers ? or three to four million new cases of cancer every year ? could be prevented by good nutrition, regular physical activity, and avoiding obesity. Overweight or obesity can lead to cancer. There is a national and now an international obesity epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 1.6 billion adults are overweight globally, and at least 400 million of these are obese. By 2015, 2.3 billion adults will be overweight, and of these 700 million will be obese. Healthy behaviors begin in childhood. We can change this and lower the lifetime risk for cancer in our children.
Encourage kids to make healthy food and drink choices and partake in at least 60min of physical activity each day. Families, health professionals, educators and policymakers need to promote health and prevent cancer, by adopting and advocating a healthy energy-balanced lifestyle for children, thereby reducing their risk of developing cancer later in life.
For more information about World Cancer Day, please visit www.uicc.org.