On February 4, World Cancer Day reminds us as a community to bring awareness and invoke action for a cancer-free future.
The London Research Information Outreach Team (RIOT) and Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) continues to be committed to inspiring change and making a difference for those diagnosed with cancer. This commitment has been particularly important this year, as we face different challenges through a pandemic that has left those with cancer among the most vulnerable. It is important to remember that while there are several changes and lifestyle factors that may look different, cancer remains the same.
This year, we can make an important difference for people with cancer by doing our part to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, avoiding non-essential travel, and getting vaccinated when available. Reducing the spread of COVID-19 can make a huge difference for those receiving care, and by lowering the number of cases in our communities, the less likely it is for cancer care to be impacted.
From the Canadian Cancer Society:
“If you are experiencing fear, anxiety or feelings of isolation thinking about cancer and COVID-19, you are not alone. CCS is here to help – reach us from the comfort of your home through our Cancer Information Helpline at 1-888-939-3333 or through live chat on our website cancer.ca.”
Additionally, we commend the scientists, trainees, and those involved in cancer-related research as we continue to solve problems and answer questions related to this devastating disease. London RIOT is committed to bringing awareness and improving knowledge translation of these important studies by highlighting work from the research community.
Together, on World Cancer Day, let’s be reminded of how we as communities are bigger than cancer.