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World Cancer Day raises
awareness across globe

BEIRUT – Health organizations in Lebanon and across the globe are holding over 500 events to raise awareness for cancer as the Union of International Cancer Control hosts World Cancer Day on Tuesday.

 

World Cancer Day aims to raise awareness and build support for the World Cancer Declaration, which calls for “major reductions in premature deaths from cancer [as well as] improvements in quality of life and cancer survival rates” by 2025.

 

2014’s World Cancer Day seeks to dispel myths about cancer and raise awareness and knowledge of cancerous diseases that together form one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

 

In Lebanon, the Donner Song Compter NGO held a blood drive on Sunday at the Vox Cinemas in Beirut’s City Centre Mall to collect blood donations for the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon.

 

The one-day drive that lasted from 3 to 10 pm blood units from 95 donors that can aid nearly 300 people, Donner Song Compter founder and president Yorgui Teyrouz said.

 

The drive was held in partnership with American University of Beirut Medical Center staff as well as the Chance Association (Children Against Cancer) NGO.

 

“We were trying to show that NGOs are partnering together to serve two causes at the same time: blood donation and the fight against cancer,” Teyrouz told NOW.

 

Meanwhile, the Lebanese Cancer Society is set to hold a media event on Tuesday afternoon “to celebrate the day and give an annual report about epidemiology,” the study of the patterns and effects of diseases on population groups.

We were trying to show that NGOs are partnering together to serve two causes at the same time: blood donation and the fight against cancer.