Contributed by: Tammy Arishenkoff, Program & Media Coordinator Article Sources: Canadian Cancer Society, World Cancer Day 2022, This World Cancer Day, change the future of cancer, accessed February 2022 <https://cancer.ca/en/ways-to-give/world-cancer-day>
This World Cancer Day, as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, those facing cancer are still experiencing delays in diagnosis and treatment, and continuing to struggle with feelings of anxiety, loneliness and isolation. Championing the needs of people with cancer and their caregivers has never been more important because cancer doesn’t stop being a life-threatening disease during a pandemic. People with cancer and their caregivers are feeling more anxious, lonely and isolated than ever before as they experience delays in diagnosis and treatment due to COVID-19. And these delays have life-threatening consequences: one study showed that just a 4-week delay in cancer treatment increases the risk of death by 10%.
This World Cancer Day, raise your voice to create change
Make your voice heard by letting your Member of Parliament know that cancer must not be forgotten during the pandemic. By using the link below, you can send a pre-written email to your elected official to let them know people with cancer and their loved ones need support during the pandemic.
If you are looking for local resources to assist people living with cancer and their caregivers, reach out to our Service Coordinator, Tricia Schweers here at the Peachland Wellness Centre. Our staff can assist you in finding the support you need.
The PWC is always available for you to contact by calling (250) 767-0141 Monday to Friday between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm to get information on available resources, programs and services. The PWC partners with many organizations to ensure the help you need is available.
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