Cancer has been known to humankind for more than 5000 years. During most of these years, a diagnosis of cancer meant a certain and often agonizing death. The end of the 19th century saw rapid advancements in surgery for cancer. In the 20th century further advances in treatment improved the prospects of cure of cancer patients. Today, with the right medical care, two out of three people with cancer can completely overcome their illness. And this number is improving each day. Unfortunately, the age-old belief that cancer cannot be cured has persisted among people even to this day. This has led to unnecessary fear and a fatalistic attitude towards cancer.
Let us all work together to help people overcome misconceptions and fears surrounding cancer.