Worldwide, over the last 30 years there has been a 79% increase in cancer cases among people under 50. Faced with the growth of these cases of neoplasms, research is committed to identifying the cause of their origin. Uncertain, multiple causes that need to be clarified, but the finger is increasingly being pointed at deleterious changes in lifestyles: sedentary lifestyle, smoking, alcohol abuse, diet but also environmental factors such as pollution. These are the themes discussed in the exhibition “Destination Health: Preventing tumors is possible”, which with workshops and other initiatives aimed at schools and the general public addresses health strategies aimed at preventing the development, spread and progression of cancers. diseases and to limit the appearance of irreversible damage to the organism. The exhibition will be hosted in the Corporea Interactive Museum in Città della Scienza.
“The exhibition “Destinazione Salute: preventing tumors is possible” becomes part of the exhibition itinerary of the Corporea Interactive Museum thanks to the scientific collaboration with authoritative partners for an audience of schools and families of around 250 thousand visitors per year”, declares Riccardo Villari, President of Città della Scienza. “Città della Scienza, recognized and accredited for its commitment to the dissemination of scientific culture, further strengthens its role by supporting the importance of research and prevention and making a concrete contribution to health policies in our region”.
A round table for the inauguration
On the occasion of its inauguration, on 30 January, a round table will be organized in Città della Scienza (Newton room) in which various experts will intervene to raise awareness among the public present on the importance of cancer prevention, thanks both to correct daily habits functional to a better state of health than through participation in screening and other secondary prevention activities. Also present is the ASL Napoli 1, always at the forefront of health education and health promotion plans in schools.
The exhibition, designed and created by the Idis-Città della Scienza Foundation of Naples, made use of a scientific committee made up of researchers, managers and doctors from the National Cancer Institute IRCCS Fondazione “G. Pascale” of Naples and with the collaboration of the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research ETS, the AIOM Italian Association of Medical Oncology and the AIOM Foundation.
“We are very happy to have participated in this project.” declares Alfredo Budillon, Scientific Director of the INT Pascale of Naples. “Communication actions, scientific education and health education are themes to which we are very attached. In fact, I believe that they are fundamental actions to raise awareness among citizens and bring them closer to the world of prevention. A special thanks goes to the researchers at INT Pascale, who collaborated in the creation of the 13 information panels regarding Primary and Secondary Prevention”.
The importance of disclosure
“In 2023, in Italy, 395,000 new cancer diagnoses have been estimated – states Saverio Cinieri, President of the AIOM Foundation – In our country, 24% of adults smoke, 29% are sedentary, 33% are overweight and 10% % are obese, 17% consume alcohol in quantities that pose a risk to their health. And, in 2022, there was a 3% decline nationwide in mammography and colorectal screening coverage, which by 2021 had returned to prepandemic levels. More commitment is needed in prevention, both primary and secondary. This is why AIOM and the AIOM Foundation have enthusiastically decided to participate in the exhibition at the City of Science”.
“The AIRC Foundation has always supported innovative scientific projects thanks to transparent and constant fundraising, disseminates scientific information and promotes the culture of prevention – states Roberta Buccino Grimaldi, President of the Campania Committee of the AIRC Foundation – This initiative fully responds to the need to convey correct information to prevent oncological risk and remember the centrality of research to make cancer increasingly curable”.