The preservation of human life is far more important than any other material wealth on earth. For this reason, taking care of one’s health proves critical especially if an individual wishes to live longer. Today, healthcare is a vital component of government programs in a bid to protect the life of its citizens from birth to old age.
Healthcare awareness has become an essential advocacy in the midst of increasing rates of deaths caused by infectious and non-infectious diseases as well as the discovery of new diseases. In fact, the World Health Organization in its World Health Statistics 2008 report revealed that deaths from heart and cancer diseases and road accidents are foreseen to go up in the next 20 years. This is seen as a result of the developing world’s population becoming richer and wanting to live longer.
The WHO found that mortality rates from diseases of the heart, cancer and road mishaps will account for more than 30 percent of deaths around the world as the economies of low and middle-income countries grow. On a global basis, deaths from cancer will rise to 11.8 million in 2030 from 7.4 million in 2004 while deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases will increase to 23.4 million from 17.1 million covering the same period.
On the other hand, deaths caused by road traffic crashes will rise to 2.4 million in 2030 from 1.3 million in 2004. The increase in ownership and use of motor vehicles are seen as major factors.
Additionally, the WHO report said that by 2030, the top four causes of death worldwide will be ischaemic heart disease, strokes, chronic obstructive heart disease (COHD) and lower respiratory infections including pneumonia.
Cardiovascular or heart disease is caused by several factors. One of them points to heredity. In other words, individuals whose fathers, grandfathers, mothers, brothers and other members of their immediate families have suffered the disease are more likely to have it as well. This is the reason why family history is vital in diagnosis.
Stress is another factor and this relates to interpersonal relationships, financial woes, family responsibilities, lifestyles and leisure interests. Smoking has also been found to be the cause of death among people who had heart attacks.
Lack of physical activity is also linked to heart diseases as well as diet and obesity. Studies have proven that there’s a 50 percent rise in heart attacks among people who are overweight.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. Every year, some 10.9 million people are diagnosed with the disease and 6.7 million die from it. In the past five years, approximately 24.6 million people still living have been diagnosed with cancer. The common types of cancer that make up nearly half of all cancer diagnosed around the world are lung, breast, bowel, stomach and prostate.
HIV/AIDS is considered an epidemic globally and deaths from this illness are seen to go up from 2.2 million in 2008 to 2.4 million in 2012. The World Health Organization, however, said that the increase will be accompanied by a drop in mortality for the main causes of the disease such as HIV infection, tuberculosis and malaria. Deaths from HIV/AIDS by 2030 are projected to go down to 1.2 million.
These grim health statistics should be more than enough to raise people’s awareness on the ill effects of being careless with their health. If they want to enjoy life and be with their loved ones longer, then the best protection available is to lead a healthy lifestyle, engage in safe sex and use condoms.