As a CEO, there are many different ways to cause or affect change. Being a corporate influencer puts you not only at the forefront of your company’s decision-making process but also in talks with many other CEOs and industry professionals. With this power also comes the chance for positive social partnerships that can benefit individuals, communities, societies and even the world. CEOs Against Cancer aims to do just that; bringing together CEOs from across the world, in order to help save lives, through cancer prevention and research. This Saturday, May 11th, members of CEO’s Against Cancer will be attending the annual Blossom Ball, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
As relayed in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures 2012 report, an estimate 1.64 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer, in 2012, along with over 577,000 cancer-related deaths. While cancer treatments have become more and more effective with defeating, minimizing and slowing the growth of cancer – thus increasing life expectancy and lowering the mortality rate of cancer patients – prevention and early detection remain the most important factors. It is this point that National Cancer Control Month seeks to raise awareness for.
Cancer is a complex public and personal issue. With so many factors increasing and decreasing cancer risk, some of the data can be both confusing and confounding. As well, cancer generally takes a period of years to develop: something that makes people less aware of the dangers. It takes a certain level of knowledge, compassion, and drive to help bridge the gap between the medical treatment of cancer, prevention, and the public. This is where the cancer advocate comes in.
There are many factors that can influence the risk of cancer in an individual. Whether it is sunburns and melanoma, smoking and the lungs, or nitrates and the kidneys/pancreas, there are many human activities that are known to increase the risk of cancer. Cancer symptoms and warning signs may not always be apparent: it’s one of the reasons many cancers are often not caught at an early stage. Without exams and screenings, cancer can often develop into a late stage, before signs become apparent. It is because of this that awareness around exams and screenings is so important.
The point at which cancer is discovered in the body can make a large impact on successful treatment. However, different types of cancer can be discovered much more easily than others. While many types of cancers form inside the body and are much harder to detect – with the naked eye – there are some that start on the skin or exterior of the body and are easy to see. Having regular check-ups – and being screened for cancer, at the first sign of a problem – will make all the difference.