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Healthy living is important for a happy life. Doing good practices, keeping the thoughts away from miserable experiences, living in suitable surroundings and having hygienic food are fundamentals for a healthy life.
The number of life-threatening diseases is increasing in the world. Modern medical science has provided treatments and medicines to cure these diseases even though they are not totally wiped out. Many acute diseases can be prevented or cured in these days. Cancer is one of them. It is not beyond us.
World Cancer Day takes place on 4 February to raise awareness there is much that can be done at an individual, community and governmental level to harness and mobilize these solutions and catalyze positive change.
Empowering people to make healthy choices and reducing the social and environmental risk factors for cancer are key to achieving the global goal of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 per cent by 2025 and reaching the targets of the World Cancer Declaration.
The World Cancer Declaration Targets are to be achieved by 2025 through four key areas of focus: Choosing healthy lives, Delivering early detection, Achieving treatment for all and Maximizing quality of life.
To reach the goal, awareness programmes are being launched for better health systems to ensure sustained delivery of effective and comprehensive, patient-centred cancer control programmes across the life-course. Various types of tobacco consumption, obesity, unhealthy diet, alcohol intake, and levels of physical inactivity, as well as exposure to other known risk factors are related with cancer.
At least one-third of the most common cancers can be prevented through reducing alcohol consumption, healthier diets and improved physical activity levels. If smoking is included the figure is about 50 per cent. An early detection programme also helps improving knowledge of cancer among communities, health professionals and policy makers and increase awareness around the options for early detection.
Therefore, the government should invest in health systems that support healthy lives of the people through awareness programmes.

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