Every year on February 4, the World Cancer Day, which was proclaimed in 2005 by the International Union Against Cancer, is celebrated. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about cancer as one of the most terrible diseases of modern civilization, focusing on prevention, early detection and treatment of this disease. In 2019-2021, World Cancer Day is held under the slogan "I am, and I will be."
In recent years, malignant neoplasms have consistently taken second place in the overall morbidity and mortality of the Ukrainian population. Today it is known that about half of cancers could be prevented by following basic rules of healthy behavior, such as: combating smoking; physical activity; balanced and healthy food; timely vaccination against viruses that cause liver and cervical cancer; abstinence from prolonged exposure to the sun and solarium; overweight; alcohol abuse.
Effective means of preventing the development of cancer are awareness, vigilance, responsibility of the population and doctors on the likelihood of the disease, the organization of mass screening programs, strict adherence to cancer diagnosis standards by medical institutions, medical staff and patients themselves.
Speaking in the draft proposal on Rada TV channel, Professor of the Department of Oncology Bohdan Sorokin focused on the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as on palliative and hospice care. The speech can be found at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=9yP8DhTfJiA.
Iryna Kovalenko, a graduate student of the department, spoke in the news program "Facts" on ICTV, where she testified about the use of NCCN and ESMO recommendations in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in Ukraine, emphasizing the need for widespread introduction of innovative technologies in medical practice.