Contributed by: Anjali Dharra

Introduction

As we all know, the Rose is a symbol of love, care, and concern. But do you know this amazing flower means much more than just love and care? 

September 22, 2022, is commemorated to give attention to the welfare of cancer patients all over the world by giving roses to cancer sufferers in order to spread positivity and hope to recover from this deadly disease.

It is a day that aims at bringing happiness and hope to cancer patients and serves as a reminder that they would conquer cancer with willpower and optimism. 

World Rose Day History

In honour of Canadian 12-year-old Melinda Rose, who was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called Askin’s tumour, Rose Day is honoured. She lived six months longer than the doctors had anticipated she would. 

They thought she wouldn’t make it for more than a few weeks. During that time,  she wrote letters, poems, and emails that were beneficial in lifting the spirits of other cancer patients and those who cared for them.

Because of her, more people were aware of the horrible effects cancer has on people’s lives, which helped to raise awareness as she rose to fame and became a national hero at the time. When she eventually died away, she became a symbol of hope for all cancer patients across the world.

A long-standing custom has been to provide flowers, such as roses, to cancer patients as a means to pray for them and to greet them. 

When Melinda Rose died, her supporters also gave her roses as a memorial. Since then, commemorating this day in Melinda Rose’s honour has taken on a symbolic meaning.

World Rose Day Significance

Cancer awareness is crucial for both preventing it and supporting cancer patients. Awareness campaigns on World Rose Day also educate the general public about the significance of being cancer-aware.

On World Rose Day, people from all around the world make handmade roses, cards, and presents to give to cancer patients as solace. Now is the moment to develop self-awareness so that you can live a happy, healthy lifestyle.

As there is a saying by Lucius Annaeus Seneca ‘The wish for healing has always been half of the health’, let’s take a pledge on this day to support and remind cancer patients that they are not alone in this battle.

Until next time, let’s share a Rose! 

World Rose Day theme 

The World Rose Day 2022: Welfare of Cancer Patients’ theme is yet to be decided. In 2020, this day was marked by ‘Changing the Way We Look at Cancer.’

5 go-to ways to keep healthy or reduce the chances of cancer 

Certainly, cancer is the most unpredictable disease and not possible to cure if diagnosed too late in the day, however, it can be prevented by taking necessary safety measures, on-time treatment, and adopting some healthy diet and lifestyle changes. 

Given below is a comprehensive guide that outlines a few of the to-do things that can keep being helpful in preventing cancer and other lifestyle diseases.

Nutritious diet

Well, healthy eating is a perfect solution to all health problems. It is always said that ‘we are what we eat’. Our eating habits define who we are, how we look, and how our body responds to foreign particles. One should make sure they have greater control over their nutrition if they want to avoid any diseases.

Exercise regularly

Regular exercise is another answer to everything. Your immunity improves with exercise. The body is able to combat infections that would otherwise turn into cancer. So, indulge yourself in physical exercise for a better immune system and an active mind and body.

Overuse of cosmetics

Cosmetics definitely make you look good, but they may harm you more than do any good in the longer run. Cosmetics contain many dangerous chemicals that when used can be absorbed by the skin and can enter the bloodstream.

So it’s better to restrict the use of cosmetics and makeup products as they possess chemicals and preservatives that may have a harmful effect on your health.

Family History

If you are aware that a member of your immediate family has previously battled a chronic illness such as cancer, you should exercise additional caution or necessary prophylactic measures. 

It is therefore advisable to go for a genetic test to predict any predispositions of a medical condition that may have been passed on to you by your parents. 

Eliminate alcohol and smoking

These two vices are mostly to blame for the terminal diseases that plague humanity. They are the root cause of many chronic illnesses related to the heart, kidneys, liver, blood, brain, and gastrointestinal tract, to name a few.

Final thoughts

On this World Rose Day, taking care of the welfare of those who are dealing with cancer shouldn’t entail scaring, in fact, motivating them more than is necessary. 

Today on World Rose Day let’s pledge to live, laugh with them, and love those who are in pain without undermining their self-confidence. Support them in every possible way and remind them that they can beat this life-threatening illness just by following the above-mentioned routine habits that may extend their life span.

People who have been impacted by cancer can find solace, and hope, from the friends and family members around them if only those friends and family members can dispel misconceptions and the stigma associated with the disease.

To share a rose is a kind gesture because roses are a symbol of tenderness and care. Let’s show cancer sufferers our concern. If you have anyone near you suffering from cancer or any other deadly disease, love them, care for them, and improve their self-esteem in whatever way feasible to you.

In addition to all, it is always better to opt for routine health screening tests or genetic testing to know about your health conditions in advance. 

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