Around The Globe – May 2019
KNOW THY NUTS
Last month was testicular cancer awareness month. This is the most prevalent cancer among young men, and unfortunately, most 18-34 year-olds are unaware of symptoms of the disease. Three young jockeys in Britain aim to change all that through a short video: Charlie Bishop, Oisin Murphy and Tom Marquand strip down in the weighing room and demonstrate how simple it is to check for signs of cancer. The athletes are working with the Movember Foundation on this campaign.
DON’T ASSUME CAMPAIGN
Declared as the month of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness in 2000, March saw the Don’t Assume Campaign organised by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance USA. The public awareness campaign was an effort to challenge assumptions and misconceptions about colorectal cancer by dispelling myths, raising awareness and connecting people with information and support.
CANCER NO BAR FOR FERTILITY
A Japanese organisation promoting bone marrow donations launched a crowdfunding campaign in April, hoping to collect ¥10 million in about two months through the campaign. The funds will be utilised to protect the fertility of leukaemia patients by storing their sperm and eggs, before their reproductive functions are damaged or lost due to radiation therapy related to bone marrow transplants.
THANKS A DOT
SBI Life Insurance launched Thanks A Dot, a breast cancer awareness initiative in association with the Women’s Cancer Initiative, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. It aims to empower the Indian women by educating them about early lump detection through simple self-examination techniques. An easy-to-use selftraining module to detect early signs of lumps can be ordered free of cost through SBI Life’s website too.
CHOOSE TO MOVE
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) began a 365- Day Health Challenge, on World Cancer Day, in line with the theme #IAmAndIWill, which involves personal commitment to fighting cancer by making lifestyle changes. While March has been devoted to developing healthy eating habits, April was dedicated to improving fitness by increasing physical activities.