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How Will You Observe World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day! Here are a few things we can do in observance.

February 4th has been declared World Cancer Day. Most of us will agree that this in an important observance, but we may not necessarily know how to get involved. Fortunately, there are resources that can point us in the right direction! We’d like to invite you to lend your energy to support World Cancer Day and people living with cancer, here are a few things that we’d like to suggest.

  • Check out the Map of Impact. Organizers across the world will be adding their local events to this map so that we can possibly locate a gathering nearby.
  • Go social. World Cancer Day is using a “Talking Hands” social media campaign to support people fighting cancer. Simply write a supportive message on your hand (the official theme is “We can. I can.”), snap a picture, and share with your social media community. Don’t forgot to hashtag! #WorldCancerDay #WeCanICan
  • Distribute World Cancer Day materials throughout our communities.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, this day has a very personal meaning to me.  Both of my parents are cancer SURVIVORS!  My father has been battling non-pigmented malignant melanoma for nearly 15 years.  My mother is a breast cancer survivor for almost nine years, but unfortunately, she has experienced every side effect and complication that is a possibility.

However, they are both fighting the good fight to this day, and together.  They were married 61 years last month and they remain a true inspiration to me, my siblings, and their 11 grandchildren!  Because skin cancer can be hereditary, ever since my father’s diagnosis, I see my dermatologist regularly.  At first it was annually, then every six months, now it is every 3 to 4 months.  We cannot urge you enough to stay on top of your health and that of your loved ones.

The Maria Sanchez Show will be joining in observing World Cancer Day today!

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