Help beat cancer

A healthy way to help a worthy cause is just around the corner.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society Walk/Run will be 16 January and the Caymanian Compass is taking this opportunity, along with the Society, to urge everyone to lace up those tennis s shoes, grab a bottle of water and get walking, or running.

The good news coming out of the National Cancer Institute in the United States is that death rates from all cancers combined have been decreasing since the early 1990s. Death rates decreased for 11 of the top 15 cancers in men, and eight of the top 15 cancers in women. Lung cancer deaths rates among women levelled off for the first time between 1995 and 2001, after continuously increasing for many decades.

Among men, cancer incidence rates have recently declined for seven of the top 15 cancer sites: lung, colon, oral cavity, leukaemia, stomach, pancreas, and larynx. Incidence rates increased only for melanoma and cancers of the prostate, kidney, and oesophagus.

For the first time, lung cancer incidence rates among women are on the decline. Incidence rates decreased for five additional cancers out of the top 15 in women (colon, cervix, pancreas, ovary, and oral cavity). Only breast, thyroid, bladder, and kidney cancer and melanoma rates are rising among women, according to the Institute.

While the good news is good, the bad news is that cancer continues to be a killer that is no respecter of anyone.

It is a disease that has probably had some impact on just about everyone in the world. It will continue to ravage lives of victims and their families until a cure is found.

And that’s what the 16 January walk and run is all about – helping with research so desperately needed to find a cure.

Money raised for the walk will be usedto help pay for that research.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is even offering some incentive to get people to sign up early. There will be an early-bird drawing for a Cayman Airways ticket to either Miami or Fort Lauderdale Friday.

So, sign up, lace up and get walking.

It’s a healthy way to raise money for a very worthy cause.

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