WINDHOEK: World Cancer Day today will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration, which is to dispel damaging myths and misconceptions around the disease.
The day is celebrated worldwide every year on 04 February, and is a chance to raise collective voices in the name of improving general knowledge around cancer and dismissing misconceptions about the disease.
Sister Nellie Coetzee of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) told Nampa on Friday that one of the myths around cancer is that it is just another health issue.
She said cancer is not just another health issue, it is a serious illness that can affect everybody.
She said another myth is that cancer only affects rich people, the elderly and developed nations, but Coetzee pointed out that cancer is a global issue, and is becoming an increasing public health problem in poorer countries.
Coetzee indicated that 47 per cent of cancer cases and 50 per cent of cancer deaths are in underdeveloped regions in the world.