February 4th is World Cancer Day: the global event to unite the world in the fight against cancer, aiming to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to act in a positive and inspiring way.
Why is World Cancer Day important?
World Cancer Day 2016-2018 is taking place under the tagline “We can. I can”, which explores how everyone as a unit or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
Governments, communities, schools, employers and media can all challenge perceptions of cancer and dissipate damaging myths and misunderstandings so that everyone is empowered to access precise cancer information along with quality cancer prevention and care.
“Now, more than ever there is a need for a global commitment to drive policy and implementation of what we already know to push the global fight against cancer to a whole new level. Action taken by every person, organization, and government can and will reduce the burden of cancer. World cancer day is the opportunity to reinforce the message that ‘we can’, as a collective, or ‘I can’, as an individual, take action to help prevent and fight this disease”
– Sanchia Aranda, UICC President and CEO, Cancer Council Australia.
In addition to raising awareness, individuals can take simple measures in their daily lives to reduce their risk of developing cancer and encourage others to do the same. These healthy choices recommended by the CHDI may prevent 2 out of 3 types of cancers:
Show your support on social media by using the hashtags #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay.
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