Older People Living with Cancer

Peer advocates supporting older people affected by cancer

Today is World Cancer Day


Today is World Cancer Day http://www.worldcancerday.org/ and is an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and remember those who have suffered and passed away.

This year, “Cancer Myths vs Facts” http://www.worldcancerday.org/cancer-myths is the main theme for the day and there is a Facebook application which you can share with your friends and family to spread the truth. Even discussing cancer on other social media channels such as Twitter and promoting World Cancer Day shows your support.

I believe that using social media to engage with friends, family and followers can help bring an understanding of cancer and what can be done to prevent the disease or at least assist someone with their recovery through cancer.

With cancer affecting one in three of us, I think it is so important that we understand the myths and facts and taking full advantage of screenings as development in treatments have advanced and there are more survivors of cancer than ever before.

Simple changes such as eating healthily; exercising more and medical check-ups are extremely effective ways to lower your risk of getting the disease.

We are very concerned about the effects of cancer on older people and through our advocacy project aim to show that getting older people’s voices heard can make a real difference to their treatment and care.


Author: kathparson

Chief Executive of Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK)

2 thoughts on “Today is World Cancer Day

  1. Thanks for this timely reminder that today is World Cancer Day, Kath. Here at Age UK Gateshead, we are hosting our second Local Cancer Champions Group meeting. this afternoon.
    We will be discussing ways to reach out to more older people affected by cancer so that they are aware of the advocacy support service that we offer people in our local community.


  2. We are all affected by cancer..whether it is family, friend, neighbour, friend of a friend…..talking about it to each other can help break down barriers, lessen fear and anxiety, change peoples views, give hope and comfort…addressing some of the myths is a good step forward. Having someone walk the journey with you, making sure you get information, your questions answered, the right care and treatment can help so much – the advocacy project sounds a good idea.


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