I'm really concerned.
I've beaten cancer three times, and each time it was a fight. But I can write to you today as a survivor because my doctors caught the disease early.
I know firsthand, as many of you do, that an early diagnosis is often the difference between life and death. It's so simple, but everywhere I go I hear that people don't learn about their risks—because they're busy, because they're scared or because they just forget.
How many lives could be saved with a quick reminder—from someone we trust—urging us to make a simple appointment? Today—with your help—we're about to find out.
February 4 is World Cancer Day—a global day of awareness created by the International Union Against Cancer. With cancer set to become the #1 killer in the world this year, the day brings us together to highlight the growing personal and economic impact of the disease. On this day it's critical that each organization—and each individual—share responsibility for sending a powerful message about cancer prevention.
Can I really make a difference?
Studies show that encouragement from someone close to you—your mum, your best friend, your co-worker in the next office—can have a decisive impact on your decision to take important actions for your health.
You could be the best advocate for your friends and family... if you're willing to take two minutes and nudge them to a quick step to protect their health.
I can't emphasize enough how important this simple action is—it's up to us to push everyone we know to talk to their doctors, know their risks and know what to do about it. It's so easy to do, but also so easy to forget. The LIVESTRONG community has always inspired others to fight back against cancer. World Cancer Day is no exception:
Doug Ulman and the LIVESTRONG Action team
P.S. Check out the tools and resources our partner, livestrong.com, has developed to help you prevent cancer and live a healthier lifestyle.