Today, February 4, is World Cancer Day. It is a day when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority. This year, it’s estimated that nearly 8 million people worldwide will die from cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.
Around the world, communities will hold festivals, walks, seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through screening and early detection, through healthy eating and physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging public officials to make cancer issues a priority.
“We can. I can,” the theme of World Cancer Day, explores how everyone – together and individually – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. The campaign outlines actions that communities and individuals can take to save lives by achieving greater equity in cancer care and making fighting cancer a priority at the highest political levels.
Make healthy lifestyle choices that include avoiding tobacco, getting plenty of physical activity, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol, and staying safe in the sun.
Know about signs and symptoms of cancer and early detection guidelines because finding cancer early often makes it easier to treat.
Support cancer patients and survivors with the physical and emotional impacts of cancer even after treatment ends.
Collaborative efforts are required to improve knowledge of
#cancer, counter misinformation and reduce stigma among all communities. #WorldCancerDay is one powerful platform to challenge negative beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate myths about cancer.
The the knowledge driven campaign to fight #Cancer by ending stigmatization.
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