World Cancer Day: Facts and Insights!

Feb 4, 2019 • 5 comments

World Cancer Day: Facts and Insights!

Today is World Cancer Day. Discover the latest figures about this disease as well as the latest testimonials on Carenity. Let's speak out against cancer and share our stories and tips!


Cancer, a global scourge

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, after cardiovascular disease.
  • 17.5 million people were living with cancer in 2015.
  • From 2005 to 2015, the number of cancers increased by 33%, mainly due to the aging of the population and population growth

What is cancer? 

All cancers are different depending on the location of the tumour, the individual and the stage of disease progression. Cancer is defined as a malignant tumour that results from the uncontrolled proliferation of cells in a tissue or organ.

The most frequent cancers

  • Prostate cancer is most common in men.
  • Breast cancer is most common in women.
  • Childhood cancers are rare; they represent only between 1 and 2% of cancers. The cure rate is around 80% for all pediatric cancers.

The most deadly cancers

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide, followed by liver cancer, stomach cancer and colorectal cancer.

The risk factors

  • Age: the older you are, the more likely you are to get cancer
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Tobacco and alcohol
  • Diet: not eating enough fruits and vegetables and eating a diet that is too fatty, sweet or salty can lead to cancer.
  • Obesity and lack of physical exercise
  • Air pollution, asbestos and other toxic substances
  • Infections such as HPV, AIDS or hepatitis B

>> Visit our forum dedicated to cancer treatments

The psychological impact of cancer

Stuart, a member of Carenity, has overcome colorectal cancer. He tells us about his depression, his post-traumatic stress disorder but above all his solutions to regain the joy of life.

>> Read Stuart's testimonial

With a neuroendocrine tumour for at least 20 years, mariebleu (a member of Carenity France) has often felt isolated in the face of the rarity of NETs. She explains her treatments and the help she received from her family and friends, as well as her struggle to find a doctor who would listen.

>> Read the story of mariebleu

Become involved in your recovery

A member of Carenity in France would like to adopt active surveillance for prostate cancer, including trying alternative therapies to complement surgical treatments. 

>> Read his advice

Alternative medicines have helped Catherine enormously, now cured of breast cancer. Diet, physical activity, magnetism... she explains all her weapons against the disease and even wrote a song about it!

>> Read Catherine's testimonial

Breaking the taboo of cancer

Having cancer can have a significant impact on self-esteem. Jean-Louis has agreed to talk to us, without taboos, about his prostate cancer: concern about potential impotence, virility, modesty towards doctors... Discover his experience.

>> Read Jean-Louis' testimonial

Kathy is a former police officer who was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. In this interview she talks about breast cancer treatments and the importance of accepting the new you.

>> Read Kathy's story

To read all the testimonialss of our members, it's this way!

And how was your diagnosis?
Are you satisfied with your treatments?
Do you have any relatives fighting cancer right now?
Let's support each other in this discussion!



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Author: Louise Bollecker, Community Manager France and Content Manager

Community Manager of Carenity in France, Louise is also editor-in-chief of the Health Magazine to provide articles, videos and testimonials that focus on patients' experiences and making their voices heard. With a... >> Learn more


on 2/4/19

Loved the article very informative.

on 2/6/19

Hello members, hope you do not mind me tagging you in this article for World Cancer Day; Hope you find this article very informative and inspirational at the same time through the testimonials.

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on 2/7/19

@Mrsrhodes unfortunately your message did not show up. Did you find this article informative? Feel free to edit it or post again (and feel free to send me a message if you need any assistance).

on 2/12/19

Thank you for putting this together. I am dealing with lung cancer and would love to speak to anyone else.

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