What is World Cancer Day?

Every year on 4th February,  a truly global event takes place ~ World Cancer Day, a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), unites the global population in the fight against cancer in an attempt to prevent millions of deaths each year by raising Awareness and Education about the disease, urging governments and individuals across the world to take action.

2020 marks the midway point of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign, which is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment, and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

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.

The Importance of World Cancer Day

Despite recent scientific progress in finding treatments and improving patients’ care, 8.2 million people still die each year from cancer, nearly 50% of them are premature deaths (aged 30 to 69 years). This figure is expected to rise to 11.5 million by 2025 and 13 million by 2030.

Low- and middle-income countries are more affected than high income countries – two thirds of global cancer deaths occur in these places – and this trend is predicted to continue in the next decade.

The World Cancer Day initiative aims to support the cancer community, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda.

To mark the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day, UICC will be releasing the results of an international public opinion survey on cancer. Conducted by Ipsos, the survey includes more than 15,000 participants across 20 countries in the first multi-country public survey on cancer perceptions in a decade.

The survey’s results will form an up-to-date picture of the public’s experiences, views, and behaviours around cancer and will highlight specific areas for action from individuals, governments and the wider healthcare community. The survey’s results will be detailed in a report launched on World Cancer Day.

Global landmarks including Niagara Falls, Geneva’s Jet d’eau, Stockholm’s Kaknäs TV Tower and Tokyo’s Caretta Shiodome will be lit up with the orange and blue World Cancer Day colours.

Cancer is a disease that knows no boundaries and has, or will,
affect us all either directly or indirectly during our lifetime.

Published on Apr 1, 2016
Scarlett is a short film depicting the inner struggle of a girl who lost a leg to Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer that occurs in mostly children. Amputation takes as much of an emotional toll as a physical one – especially for a child. We believe in the power of entertainment media to empower children through storytelling and role models. Visibility in media offers these children hope and a sense of belonging at a critical time where they may feel isolated by their medical condition.

A short film based on a true story that inspired a foundation.

Actions taken by every person, organisation and government will help reduce the burden of cancer to achieve the goal of a 25% reduction in premature deaths from NCDs by 2025.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 8.8 million deaths per year. However, we know that more than one third of these deaths are preventable, and if detected early enough, many cancers are curable.

Until cancer awareness is improved globally and actions are taken to prevent and treat the disease, millions of people around the world will die unnecessarily every year.

We must act now because the global cancer epidemic is enormous and set to rise. It is predicted to increase from 14.1 million in 2012 to 19.3 million cases per year in 2025.

Do YOUR bit by supporting Cancer Organisations such as the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), and by lobbying Government for better support and care for individuals with cancer, including Childhood Cancer.

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