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World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness, and reduces stigma.

World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February.

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.

History of World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day celebration was planned in the Geneva, Switzerland in 1933 under the direction of UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) and with the support various other well-known cancer societies, research institutes, treatment centers and patient groups.

The day was planned to start its annual celebration in order to save millions lives from the cancer as well as instruct people to check its symptoms, follow its preventive measures and gets saved from the risk of this epidemic disease.

How World Cancer Day is Celebrated

To spread the special messages about the cancer awareness and its prevention, the leading health organizations as well as nongovernmental organizations takes part by organizing the camps, awareness programs, rallies, lectures, seminars and etc. Variety of control measures policies gets implemented and people are promoted to join in masses.

During the event celebration, people are targeted to let them known about the risk factors causing the cancer such as tobacco use, overweight or obese, low fruit or vegetable intake, less or no physical activity, alcohol use, sexual transmission of HPV-infection, urban areas air pollution, indoor smoke, genetically risk factors, over exposure to sunlight and etc. People are also made aware about the vaccination method against the human papilloma virus and hepatitis B virus.

Why World Cancer Day is Celebrated

World cancer day is celebrated to make aware the normal people about the risk factors and preventive measures of the cancer to get prevented or its early detection. Generally, people suffering from the cancer are hated by the normal people in the society and behaved like an untouched person. There are various other social myths related to the cancer that normal people think that they would got cancer if they would touch or live with the person having cancer. The day is celebrated as well to remove such type of the social myths related to the cancer. It is celebrated to make the normal aware about all the reality of the cancer like its symptoms, causing factors, treatment, and etc.

World Cancer Day Theme:

World cancer day is celebrated every year using a particular theme; some of the year wise themes are listed below:

Year  Theme 
World Cancer Day 2007  "Today’s children, tomorrow’s world" 
World Cancer Day 2008  "Give children and young people a smoke-free environment" 
World Cancer Day 2009  "I love my healthy active childhood" 
World Cancer Day 2010  "Vaccinating to prevent virus related liver cancers" 
World Cancer Day 2011  “Teaching Children and Teenagers to limit their sun exposure by being Sun Smart!” 
World Cancer Day 2012  "Together it is possible" 
World Cancer Day 2013  "Cancer – Did you know?"nbsp;
World Cancer Day 2014  "Debunk the Myths" 
World Cancer Day 2015  "Not beyond us" 
World Cancer Day 2016,17,18  "We can. I can." 

2016-2018 Theme: 'We can. I can'

Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone - as a collective or as individuals - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.


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