Saturday is World Cancer Day. Director of the Louisiana Cancer and Prevention Programs with LSU Health New Orleans, Donna Williams, says the goal of World Cancer Day is to raise awareness about cancer prevention methods. She says they want to share a very important message.
“Everywhere all across the world there are things that can be done to decrease the deaths from cancer,” Williams said.
Williams says we are already winning the fight against cancer. She says before the 1930’s cervical cancer was the number one killer of women in the United States. But she says strides in the medical field have greatly reduced the risk for cervical cancer.
“Since the advent of PAP testing and now the HPV vaccine, no one should even get cervical cancer much less die from it, and those rates have plummeted,” Williams said.
Williams says more than half of cancers can be detected early and cured. She says there’s plenty of ways people can reduce their risk for various cancers.
“If you smoke, of course put them down, get some help, and break that habit. For breast cancer, we have very, very god early detection means, so get that mammogram,” Williams said.