World Cancer Day 2021
Schneck Cancer Center - February 04, 2021

What is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day, every February 4, is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control.
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 our history. 
  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. 
  • Today, 9.6 million people each year will die from cancer.
  • Yet, at least one third of cancers can be prevented.
World Cancer Day seeks to raise worldwide awareness, improve education and catalyse personal, collective, and government action. 

Cancer isn't just a health issue but a human issue that touches us all. 

Did you know....

  • 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
  • Less than 30% of low-income countries have cancer treatment services available (compared to 90% in high-income countries).
  • The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at approximately $1.16 trillion.
  • Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and timely and quality treatment.

How can you get involved?

  • User your voice: start a conversation about cancer with your family, friends, colleagues and networks.
  • Make a social change: show your family, friends and networks that you're getting behind World Cancer Day. Update your social media pages with the official World Cancer Day profile cover images. 
  • Get personal: create your own custom poster with your own personal message of commitment and share it with the world.
  • Inform yourself and others: find out more about cancer, how you can reduce your cancer risks, and the impact it has on the people we love, our communities, and the world. 
  • Advocate for action: write to your political parties asking them to show their commitment, raise public awareness and take action this World Cancer Day.
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