Today is World Cancer Day!
Led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), every year, on February
4th, organizations and people across the globe unite to raise awareness about
cancer and the work being done to address this global health crisis.
According to the UICC, 9.6 million people die each year from cancer; more than
HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Experts project cancer-related deaths
to rise to 13 million by the year 2030… if we don’t act.
By raising awareness, improving education, and catalyzing personal/collective action,
we can reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved,
and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all — regardless of
who you are or where you live.
This Year’s Theme: “I Am and I Will”
This year’s ‘I Am and I Will’ theme focuses on you and your personal commitment to
act. The theme is grounded in UICC’s belief that, through our positive actions,
together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from
cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030.
How To Help Yourself
- Make healthy lifestyle choices that include not using tobacco products, eat a
healthy diet, stay active, limit alcohol consumption, and stay safe while
enjoying the sun.
- Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of cancer.
- Speak openly about your experience with cancer.
How To Help Others
- Educate others on the links between certain lifestyle behaviors (like smoking,
poor diets, etc.) and cancer risk
- Dispel rumor and myths that lead to stigma and discrimination against people
- Support reputable charities that are leading the charge to reduce the global
burden of cancer. Click here to view a few charities that we handpicked for
you to consider supporting.
Today we challenge you to join us as we make the I AM and I WILL commitment.
Remember, whoever you are, your actions — big and small — will make lasting,
positive change. Let’s work together to realize a cancer-free world.
Help raise awareness by posting this to your social media channels:
#Cancer affects us all. Today is #WorldCancerDay so let’s come together to take
action for a cancer-free world. #IAmAndIWill #WorldCancerDay2020 #Givz