Cancer is a disease that gets a lot of people scared. And we hope you are not scared reading this article because the topic is related to cancer. Without boring you with too many details, let’s quickly define cancer so that you can understand what we are talking about. Cancer is a generic word for any disease that starts with cancerous cells. Cancer begins when cancerous cells grow out of control and become more than healthy cells. Some types of this disease start with lumps, which can either be benign or malignant. Other cancers like leukemia, which is cancer of the blood, begin in the blood cells.
In any case, suffering from cancer is not the end of the world. A lot of people in the society live with cancer. These individuals have accomplished a lot. In fact, they are successful in their respective fields. Some of them even go on to marry and have kids. So, cancer does not prevent cancer patients from living their lives normally.
Unfortunately, some people are not aware of the different types of cancer that exist today. These people don’t even much about cancer, let alone know how to educate people about the disease. They also do not know the symptoms to watch out for so that they can help their loved ones recover quickly. If you are also guilty these, don’t worry. In this article, we will teach you many things about how you can help your society become “cancer-free.” Here are some ways we can educate people in the society about cancer:
Lectures and Seminars: The quickest way to pass across information to a lot of individuals is by conducting a seminar. Different categories of people, from the teenagers in the society to the elderly, attend conferences or seminars. The aim of the talk does not have to be about all the types of cancer that exists. These lectures can have a theme about one type of cancer or the other.
For example, you can hold a seminar which centers on breast cancer alone. The teaching can be on what breast cancer is, how it starts, the symptoms of breast cancer, cancer research centers, treatment of breast cancer, and recovery from breast cancer. You can invite qualified professionals to talk at the event, too. You can also invite cancer survivors to the seminar to tell their stories. These actions will reduce fear among people in the society. They will have more knowledge about cancer.
Social Media: The truth is that we are in the age of Internet technology. Everything is online. Everybody is online. If you are looking for information on fruits, it’s online. If you need knowledge on how to paint your house, it’s online. Social media has made things easier for us. We come across “memes” every day on different subject matters. This method can be used to educate people about cancer. Hashtags are used on Twitter before a relevant keyword or phrase. Clicking on a word or phrase that has a hashtag will bring up other tweets that has that hashtag. You can tweet facts on cancers with a consistent hashtag. Doing so will get the attention of people, and they will be more educated. Also, posting images about cancer on Instagram will go a long way in educating people about the ailment. People might not be keen on reading lots of information on cancer, but they can spare a few minutes to read words on an image. They can also spend some time to read 160 characters of a tweet.
Charity Events: The number of events that hold daily in the United States is tremendous A way to educate people is by using a few minutes in some of these occasions to talk about cancer. If you do this, many people will have knowledge about the condition, including the rich and the poor. Also, you can organize charity events. The goal would just be to inform people for about an hour or two. An organization can hold a fundraiser with lots of activities and food. In this fundraiser, you can talk about the statistics of the number of persons living with cancer. You can pass across lots of information at this events. The proceeds you generate on that day can be donated to organizations whose objective is finding cures to cancer.
Raise Contests: In 2014, there was a challenge that happened all around the world. The challenge was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. People involved themselves by pouring a bucket of ice water on their head or a friend’s head. Afterward, they donated money and nominated other persons to participate. Even President Barrack Obama took part in the challenge. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge generated lots of money towards ALS research. Above all, it raised awareness about ALS and the number of people living with it. A way to educate people is to organize challenges that will attract people’s attention. Challenges are fun to participate in, and not just to win. Some people might just be interested in the entertainment, but a lot more people focus on the reason behind the challenge.
Booklets, Leaflets or Pamphlets: One of the easiest ways to get people’s attention is by distributing leaflets or flyers. We live in a busy world. And a lot of people are always in a hurry to get to their destination. They probably will not give you attention if you want to educate them for a few minutes. However, you can leave booklets in an open environment for people to pick. They can read it at their leisure time. You can also distribute leaflets to people even though they may be in a rush. When they get to where they’re going, they will glance through it. These pieces of paper should contain information about cancer, thus educating people about the disease.
Radio and Television Programs: We cannot exclude radio and television on this list. We have a lot of people that watch TV. Many individuals listen to the radio. There could be a special program about cancer every day or every other day. There could be infomercials about cancer in the middle of a film or a program. It will surely educate people, especially those that like watching TV.
There are so many other ways to educate people about cancer. We have just pointed some few methods above. Don’t just read them, implement them. All in all, let us passionately educate people about cancer. Who, knows, doing so may just save someone’s life.
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