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Lawyers support World Cancer Day

Lawyers for people with mis-diagnosed cancers supporting World Cancer Day and its key message that early detection saves lives

4 February 2017

Tomorrow is World Cancer Day. It is a global event, which takes place every year on 4 February, uniting the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Its key messages are set out on its website www.worldcancerday.org and they explore how everyone as a collective or individually can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Appropriately, the tag line which has been adopted is “We can. I can” One key message is “I can understand that early detection saves lives”.

Diagnosing cancer and seeking timely care can save lives. Recent studies from the UK have found that survival in eight common cancers (bladder, bowel, breast, cervical, womb, malignant melanoma, ovarian and testicular cancers) is three times higher when cancer is diagnosed early.

Another key message “We can improve access to cancer care” advocates for improved access to cancer treatment and services for all people to benefit from on an equal footing regardless of geography and without suffering economic hardship as a consequence.

Another event organised in the framework of World Cancer Day took place on 2 February simultaneously across 15 countries in Europe: Nano World Cancer Day 2017. Its aim was to amplify awareness about Nanomedicine and its ability to introduce new opportunities and game changers in the fight against cancer.

At the event, information was provided about the latest innovations in Nanomedicine in healthcare and specifically, about precision nanomedicine and developing precise ways of delivery drugs to target areas.

For example, using MR guided focused ultrasound machines to administer precision nanomedicine and needle free delivery of nanoparticles for cancer treatment using microadhesive films or patches to deliver a vaccination, which could be an anti-cancer vaccination.  

Despina Kavadas and Maria Panteli, clinical negligence lawyers at Leigh Day have represented many people who have suffered from mis-diagnosed Cancers and their families, they welcome all efforts and initiatives in raising awareness about cancer, its early detection and treatment. 

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