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The official website for World Cancer Day states that the aim is to ‘recognise that our commitment to act will lead to powerful progress in reducing the global impact of cancer….We need your commitment to create a cancer-free world.
CUP Foundation – Jo’s friends is totally supportive of taking a global view – embracing research expertise around the world to seek improved diagnosis and treatment. The interest and progress in CUP research in recent years has been most encouraging but the concept of ‘creating a cancer-free world’ is naïve.
Cancer -the second-leading cause of death in the world – is characterized by the development of abnormal cells – cells in the body that do not die in the normal cycle but divide uncontrollably and destroy normal body tissue. Human beings will never be free of cancer; but we will largely be free of CUP in the not too distant future. This is because we will understand the ‘unknown’ element of CUP and how to treat DNA mutations effectively.
Through improved diagnostic expertise and management, the incidence of CUP in the UK is falling fast. In the last 10 years of recorded data CUP incidence in the UK has fallen by 23%. CUP was the 7th commonest cancer in the UK and it is now the 15th – about 2% of all cancer cases. The fall in CUP incidence can never be fast enough and we can never do enough to make people aware of the problem and its human impact.
CUP is, of course, a worldwide problem and the stigma that was associated with cancer in the not too distant past in developed countries is still evident in parts of the world. The Indian site for World Cancer Day 2020 states: ‘Generally, people suffering from cancer are hated by normal people in society and behaved (sic) like an untouched person.’