Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. This year is a reminder of the enduring power of cooperation and collective action and it is themed ’’I Am and I Will.”
World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on February 4. It is a global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).
What Is Cancer?
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of a group of cells in the body. It can occur at any age and if not detected at the right time and is not treated, it can increase the risk of death.
Recent studies estimate about one out of six people worldwide died from cancer that’s more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Hence, to raise the awareness of cancer and encourage its prevention, World Cancer Day is observed annually on February 4 as an international event.
This year is a reminder of the enduring power of cooperation and collective
action. When we choose to come together, we can achieve what we all wish for: a healthier, brighter world without cancer.
World Cancer Day originated in 2000 at the first World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris. The Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.
The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer.
How Do We Celebrate World Cancer Day:
Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations, and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship — in the streets and online — acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.