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.
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 worldcancerday.org