Cancer is a global challenge. In 2018, 18 million people world-wide were diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to research, however, today 2 in 4 people diagnosed with cancer in the UK survive their cancer for 10 years or more. This is wonderful news, however we can and need to do better. Cancer Relief Gibraltar is proud to support World Cancer Day, which is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and includes thousands of members worldwide, all with the common goal to reduce “global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.” This World Cancer Day, Cancer Relief Gibraltar reaffirms our commitment to our community to be available and to advocate for all cancer patients and their family’s needs. With that stands our pledge to continue to be a campaigner for improving cancer services within our community; to promote cancer awareness and prevention, support education & training initiatives, drive development of new services and enhance interdisciplinary shared care.
2021 is the final year of World Cancer Day’s ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign and if 2020 has taught us anything at all, it is that our individual actions can and do have an impact on those around us, on our community and the communities of others. We have witnessed the wonderful enduring positive difference we can make when we all come together with one common goal. After enduring a testing year where, like many other health issues, cancer services took a necessary shift in focus, we look forward to working with our colleagues in the GHA to bring cancer needs back to the forefront of our health agenda.
Our message today on the World Cancer Day is ‘we are here for you’. We want to make sure that our community knows that Cancer Relief is here for them, despite the necessary changes to our services due to the pandemic. It is important to understand that even though, how you access services may have changed, it doesn’t mean that you can’t access them or that they are not available to you. Right now, your interactions with Cancer Relief and GHA Cancer services are different from normal times but access to essential services, advice and support are not different. We are all still here for you should you have any cancer related concerns about your health. Do not ignore a new concern about your health. Do not be afraid to seek out medical advice and help. We will always work our best to support you today and every day, and we look forward to supporting the return of all cancer services to standard operational procedures.
Cancer Relief CEO