04 February 2014
Today families throughout the world think of
loved ones who have lost the battle with Cancer. Others extend
their support to mothers, sisters, children and fathers who are
bravely fighting this disease. Many are facing the diagnosis
themselves and trying to come to terms with what it means.
February 4th is World Cancer Day. It is not
the only day we think of Cancer, for this disease has become a
pandemic throughout the world affecting more than 1 in 3 people.
Thoughts of Cancer are always with us. But on this day, we rise
again from whatever grief we have been cast into, and challenge
those with the power to arrest Cancer to do so.
Last May, the World Health Assembly agreed to
the Global Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases for 2013 -
2020. The global cancer community then identified targets to be
met to achieve the goals of the World Cancer Declaration. This
year, World Cancer Day focuses on Target 5: "Reduce stigma and
dispel myths about Cancer".
The theme of World Cancer Day 2014 is
therefore "Debunk the Myths".
The IFP is weighing in and waging a fight
against this disease unlike any before. We are determined to see
health restored to our nation, and to all mankind, for no one
should suffer the agony of this easily treatable disease.
We intend to focus Government's attention on
the preeminent role South Africa can play in turning the tide on
Cancer. We are acting on behalf of the countless future
patients, and the countless who have left us, beseeching that we
On this day, our sympathy goes out to everyone
touched by this disease.
Contact: Ms Liezl van der Merwe, MP on 082 729