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World Cancer Day is Feb 4

Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide?

February 4 is designated as World Cancer Day, a call to action to share personal commitment to take positive action against cancer.

World Cancer Day is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalyzing personal, collective and government action, we’re working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live. Because, we believe that cancer isn’t just a health issue but a human issue that touches all of us. Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of the greatest challenges in history.

Facts about cancer:

  • 9.6 million people die from cancer each year - and this number is expected to double by 2030.

  • 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.

  • Less than 30% of low-income countries have cancer treatments available, compared to 90% of high-income countries like Canada.

  • At least one third of cancers are preventable.

  • Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through resource allocation to prevention, early detection and timely treatment.

Signs and symptoms of cancer:

Learn more about cancer and how you can be part of the conversation at

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