People around the world are asking questions and seeking answers to help fight kidney cancer
[LAGOS] – June 21 2017 – Kidney cancer is a serious disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. However, very few people in West Africa know even the basics about kidney cancer – what causes it, how to prevent it, or why it’s on the rise.
The global incidence of kidney cancer is predicted to rise by a shocking 22 percent by 2020. Populations are aging, known risk factors like obesity and high blood pressure are increasing, and smoking continues to be prevalent in many parts of the world. In fact, in Nigeria and Ghana, quite a number of people have been diagnosed with the disease this year alone. When it’s caught early, kidney cancer can be treated, but in advanced stages, kidney cancer is still a lethal disease in search of better answers.
That is why the Juliet Ibrahim Foundation is joining forces with kidney cancer organisations around the world to mark the first-ever World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day. On June 22, patients, carers, health care professionals and local organisations across [insert country / region] and worldwide will be uniting to raise awareness for the disease.
“Making a significant difference in the lives of patients starts by increasing awareness – knowing the symptoms, knowing treatment options and knowing where to find support,” says IKCC Global Ambassador for World Kidney Cancer Q & A Campaign, Juliet Ibrahim. “Medical experts agree there is an opportunity for global collaboration to raise awareness about kidney cancer – because when we all work together we are stronger and can have a greater impact than we can alone.”
World Kidney Cancer Q&A Quiz
As part of the World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day, the International Kidney Cancer Coalition has launched the World Kidney Cancer Day Q&A Quiz. It’s an interactive, seven-question quiz that test what you know – and what you need to know – about kidney cancer. Since the Quiz was launched, several people have taken the Quiz and results show a strong need for greater public awareness.
“Despite the effect kidney cancer has on patients and health care systems around the globe, it is a little-known type of cancer with many unanswered questions related to prevention, risk factors, treatment practices and widening gaps in mortality rates,” says Dr. Rachel Giles, Chair, International Kidney Cancer Coalition. “Not only will the quiz help teach people more about the disease, but the funds raised will be directed to a high-priority research project that will benefit patients worldwide.”
For every quiz that’s completed online, $5 will be donated to help find answers to vital questions about kidney cancer. The quiz is available in a variety of languages, including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Polish, Greek and Arabic.
Great Voice for a Great Cause
Globally-recognized celebrity and humanitarian Juliet Ibrahim is the campaign’s Global Ambassador.
“Just like art, kidney cancer knows no boundaries. Working together – sharing our experience and our knowledge – we make a difference for the people affected by kidney cancer,” says Juliet. Learn more about the Juliet Ibrahim Foundation and the hope it gives to kidney cancer patients throughout Africa.
World Kidney Cancer Q&A Day has been established by the International Kidney Cancer Coalition, a global body of 30 cancer organisations focused on improving the lives of people affected by kidney cancer. the Juliet Ibrahim Foundation is an affiliate member of IKCC since 2012
About the Juliet Ibrahim Foundation
The Juliet Ibrahim Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on creating awareness on kidney cancer, kidney related diseases, malaria, HIV AIDS, Ebola and other diseases and providing necessary interventions to ensure a society free of such issues in Ghana , Nigeria and Africa at large.
We understand that cancer, especially kidney cancer is preventable and we aim to help those in need of treatment in Africa. Our modus is to offer awareness/education, treatment and other social needs that would help individuals dealing with kidney diseases.
About the International Kidney Cancer Coalition
The International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC) is an independent network of 30 patient organisations from around the world. Founded in 2014, the organisation was born from a very strong desire among various national patient groups to network, cooperate and share materials, knowledge, and experiences. It is IKCC’s mission to empower and represent the kidney cancer community through advocacy, awareness, information and research.
For more information about the International Kidney Cancer Coalition, please visit www.ikcc.org.
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