By Tara Rippin • 04 February 2020 • 20:04
AWARENESS: Afe Cancer Association set up an informative stand in Torrevieja.
CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Torrevieja
WORLD Cancer Day was celebrated across the region today, under the banner “I am and I am going to”, with the message “Early Detection is the Key”.
Torrevieja Council marked the day with an informative table organised by the Afe Cancer Association, in the Plaza de la Constitucion, with the support of councillors and representatives of Torrevieja’s Hospital Quiron Salud.
Mayor, Eduardo Dolon, read out a statement in which he highlighted that World Cancer Day “must serve us all to raise awareness and reflect on the role that we must assume as a society in general in the fight against cancer.”
He stressed the importance of continuous research and cancer prevention programmes, which allow detection in time for a possible cure, as well as the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and proper treatment.
Praising the vital work carried out by doctors, researchers, associations and in particular those people overcoming the disease, Dolon added: “Having the best health system is the best advantage in this case. The greater our knowledge and awareness, the better our prevention techniques will be.”
The Pink Ladies and Panthers set up shop in the main square at Zenia Boulevard from midday to 4pm, handing out cactus plants to mark the day for a small donation. The plants were donated by the management of the shopping centre.
As the message to the public is ‘early detection saves lives’, the Pink Ladies were making appointments for any member of the public that wished to book a cancer screening test.
Meanwhile, in Benijofar, the Town Hall marked the day with the message: “This is a great opportunity to remember that prevention and diagnosis in time are the main weapons we have to fight it.”
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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