World Cancer Day "Makes Noise" to Spotlight Prevention

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
World Cancer Day 2017

World Cancer Day February 4, 2017 marked the second year of a three-year initiative titled, “We can, I can,” that encourages people to play an active role in cancer prevention on the personal level as well as collectively. A goal of World Cancer Day is to “make noise” through social media and the “world’s media,” such as print, television, radio, etc.

This year (2017), World Cancer Day encouraged sports fans, sports-related organizations, and athletes to use their voices and reach through the "Support through Sport" initiative. Since about one-third of all cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes, increasing physical activity and leading a less sedentary lifestyle is a major message of the ‘Support through Sport’ initiative.

World Cancer Day takes a multifaceted approach to cancer prevention and early detection, and its website,, lists actions that can be taken (eg, healthy schools and workplaces, policy change, and support for research).

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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is an oncology nursing consultant and editor-in-chief of Oncology Nursing News.
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Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
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