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World Cancer Day – In Armenia

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.

World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness, and reduces stigma.  Multiple initiatives are run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements are #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have “hairticipants” shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment.

Hundreds of events around the world also take place as well as in Armenia.

This year, a photo exhibition will open at the Yeritasardakan station of the Karen Demirchyan Yerevan Metro on Tuesday, at 2pm, the metro reported; The exhibition has been organized at the initiative of the Ministry of Health and with support of the Yerevan Metro. The opening of the exhibition will be attended by Deputy Minister of Health Artyom Smbatyan, Oncology Consultant at the Ministry of Health Haykuhi Gyokchyan and acting Yerevan Metro Director Gevorg Avetisyan.

Like in the entire world, in Armenia as well the prevention, treatment of cancer remains one of the agenda issues of the state. The Armenian Healthcare Ministry develops and implements a number of programs aimed at carrying preventive measures. There are diagnostic services that are not available in Armenia now, and in some cases it is necessary to transform the patient to another country for treatment. However, the establishment of Oncology Center of Excellence in Armenia aims at solving these problems but effort should be multiplied since Armenia has recorded about a 70% increase in ontological diseases in the past two decades; despite structural and organizational reforms, Armenia needs a special attention about the field of Oncology; the growth of ontological diseases in Armenia gives reason to think that it is extremely necessary to increase the level of qualified medical care for people with cancer. The implementation and application of innovative methods in accordance with world standards and protocols, equipment and medicines, the professional skills of doctors and medical staff of the Oncology sector will allow many patients to fight the cancer after powerful treatments.

Nearly 5800 people die from cancer in Armenia. Cancer is the 2nd cause of death, including premature death, in Armenia after cardiovascular diseases; in 2018 cancer cases grew around 30% against 2012 in Armenia. Proceeding from the importance of the matter the Armenian Ministry of Healthcare is planning to increase funding for cancer diagnostics and treatment, as well as introduce a national strategy for combating the disease.

World Cancer Day is the only day on the global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under the one banner of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. The theme for 2020 is “I am and I will” – all about your story and your commitment. Civil Society in Armenia and mainly Develop Armenia NGO should make more effort to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the Armenia health and development national and international health agendas.

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