World Cancer Day
Statement by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP

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 act.


On this day, our sympathy goes out to everyone touched by this disease.


Contact: Ms Liezl van der Merwe, MP on 082 729 2510