Photos & Video: World Cancer Day Marked

February 5, 2016

In celebration of World Cancer Day 2016, several island groups came together yesterday [Feb 4] in order to unite against the disease, with Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre, PALS, Friends of Hospice, and Bermuda Hospitals Board partnering in order to “help reduce the burden of cancer in Bermuda.”

That effort included 100 seconds of silence held in honour of the 100 people that Bermuda lost to cancer in 2014, with the group calling on people across the island to take part.

A main event was held at City Hall, with the Town Crier marking the beginning and end of the 100 seconds, with volunteers touting signs and the public encouraged to use the hashtag #100secondsofsilence to show their support.


Tara Curtis, Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre Executive Director, said, “World Cancer Day 2016 is a chance to reflect on what everyone can do to reduce the impact of this devastating disease, now, and for the future.

“We ask that everyone take 100 seconds out of their day and reflect on what action you, your organization and your community can do to make a difference and inspire others. We want this to be a springboard for positive change in our community and to start a conversation.”

A spokesperson said, “Cancer will kill more than eight million people worldwide this year, which is equivalent to the entire population of New York. Half of these will be people of working age [30-69 years old]. In Bermuda alone, 100 people died from cancer in 2014.

“With more than a third of all cancers preventable through lifestyle interventions, it is asked that individuals take responsibility for reducing their own cancer risk. Simple measures such as stopping smoking, eating less red and processed meat, exercising regularly, and reducing alcohol consumption can extend a healthy life.

“It’s time to take a stand against cancer in Bermuda.”

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