|World Cancer Day|
Burning Vision to Enable a Smoke-Free Childhood
For all those parents desiring the best for their children, the 4th of February 2008, is indeed a decisive day. This day, is dedicated to the cause of cancer worldwide, and is celebrated annually as World Cancer Day. The World Cancer Day preamble is a war cry to parents, booming the truth- "Second-hand smoke is a health hazard for you and your family. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke. Give your child a smoke-free childhood.
|Cancer Day Message|
World Cancer Day is an annual event organised by the UICC. Around 700 million children - almost half of the world's children - breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke, particularly at home. 10 million cancer cases are reported globally every year. Experts warn that the case load is expected to double by 2020, if preventive measures are not taken. Cancer is, in general, more common in industrialized nations, but there has been a growth in cancer rates in developing countries too, particularly as these nations adopt the diet and lifestyle habits of industrialized countries.
|Smoking and Cancer - Passive Smoking|
Smoking affects the function of the immune system and may increase the risk for respiratory and other infections. Nicotine reaches the brain within 10 seconds after smoke is inhaled and causes addiction to tobacco products. A non smoker who breathes other people's smoke is called passive smoking. It is also called as involuntary or secondhand smoking. In passive smoking, both the smoke from the burning tip of the cigarette and smoke that has been exhaled by the smoker is breathed in by the passive smoker.
Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the lung. Majority of people who get lung cancer have been cigarette smokers. The risk of developing the disease increases with the number of cigarettes smoked, and starting to smoke at a young age. If a person stops smoking, the risk of lung cancer is greatly reduced that is his or her chances of developing the disease are similar to that of a non-smoker after 15 years.
Mesothelioma has so far been an incurable cancer and once diagnosed most patients will die within a year. The link between asbestos exposure and mesethelioma is now well established. Asbestos as a result has been named the 'The feared fibre of death' by some researchers. Almost anyone associated with exposure of asbestos is at risk, although the cancer may take 15 to 30 years to appear after exposure.