World Cancer Day Awareness
Synopsis: Outline of World Cancer Day and associated events focused on cancer awareness which takes place each year on the 4th February.1
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Published: 2021-01-19 Updated: 2021-02-04
World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness regarding cancer, and reduces stigma.
According to the National Cancer Institute, 3 out of 5 people will never be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4th February and is the uniting global initiative under which the world comes together to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.
World Cancer Day is marked by the international cancer community, governments and individuals around the world. Each year, more than 900 activities take place in over 100 different countries. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (uicc.org), the day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease while calling for action from governments and individuals across the world.
16 different colored cancer type awareness ribbons. View our table and printable chart outlining the colors of awareness ribbons that represent different types of cancer and their causes.
World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness regarding cancer, and reduces stigma. A cancer diagnosis can change everything. But it doesn't have to define who you are. Because life is bigger than a diagnosis. Bigger than chemotherapy, surgeries, and the scars. Life is not about what you have, it's about what you do and who you're with. It's about the memories that live on, even if the ones we love are no longer with us. Life is bigger than cancer.
World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease. World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.
For most people, cancer doesn't have to be a part of growing older. Many common kinds of cancer can be prevented. Screening tests can find breast, cervical, and colorectal (colon) cancers early, when they're easiest to treat. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, 3 out of 5 people will never be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.
"We can work together to reduce cancer risk factors. We can overcome barriers to early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. We can work together to improve cancer control and achieve global targets to reduce premature mortality from cancer and NCDs" - World Health Organization (WHO).
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