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World Cancer Day

Join the global fight against cancer this World Cancer Day - spread awareness, support a cause, and show your solidarity for those affected.
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Get ready to join the fight against cancer on World Cancer Day, February 4! This day was created in 2000 by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to highlight the importance of global solidarity and unity in finding a cure and raising awareness about this life-threatening disease. It has become an annual event that unites people from all around the world as they come together to honor those affected by cancer, support research initiatives, and spread hope for a brighter future free of this terrible illness.

History of World Cancer Day

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World Cancer Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1937</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Cancer Institute Created</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Congress passed legislation to establish the National Cancer Institute, the first federal effort to combat cancer.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>War on Cancer Declared</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act, launching a concerted national effort to research and fight cancer.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Cancer Day Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) founded World Cancer Day during the World Summit Against Cancer held in Paris.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"We Can. I Can."</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Cancer Day launched a three-year campaign titled "We Can. I Can.", focusing on individual and collective actions to reduce the impact of cancer.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"I Am and I Will"</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Cancer Day introduced a new three-year campaign, "I Am and I Will", emphasizing personal commitment and empowering actions against cancer.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Cancer Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fundraiser</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a fundraiser or charity event to benefit cancer research, such as a bake sale, car wash, or charity walk. All of the proceeds can be donated to support cancer research and treatment.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at a cancer center</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look into local cancer centers and contact them about volunteering your time. Many hospitals and clinics are always looking for volunteers to help out with administrative tasks, patient care, and more.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Use social media to spread awareness about World Cancer Day. Share posts about the importance of early detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer on your personal profile or create a special hashtag.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a cancer charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Choose a cancer charity that you would like to contribute to and make a donation in honor of World Cancer Day. Every little bit helps.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a screening event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host an event in your community where people can come together to watch educational films and documentaries about cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment.</p></div></div>

Why World Cancer Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness of cancer</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Cancer Day provides a platform to raise global awareness of the burden of cancer and how it affects people’s lives. It also serves as an opportunity to increase knowledge related to prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Inspires action</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Cancer Day encourages individuals as well as governments, organisations and communities worldwide to take action in the fight against cancer. By highlighting the need for greater investment in research, better access to treatments, and improved support services for those affected by cancer, World Cancer Day helps build momentum for positive change.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes solidarity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By drawing attention to World Cancer Day, we emphasize that there is power in unity when it comes to tackling the challenge of cancer globally. Education about advances made in the understanding and management of cancer can encourage us all towards a society where no one should fear the disease.</p></div></div>

5 Awareness Facts for World Cancer Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>World Cancer Day is held globally to raise awareness</h3><p class='facts-text'>Initiated by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on February 4th to raise awareness and advocate for action against this disease.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally</h3><p class='facts-text'>According to the World Health Organization, cancer is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. This means that about 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer worldwide.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cancer is often preventable</h3><p class='facts-text'>World Health Organization reports suggest that one-third of deaths from cancer are due to high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Early detection can significantly improve chances of survival</h3><p class='facts-text'>Early detection of cancer conditions can greatly improve the odds of successful treatment and survival. Regular screenings and self-examinations can increase chances of early detection.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>World Cancer Day promotes research, prevention, and treatment</h3><p class='facts-text'>World Cancer Day is not only an awareness-raising day but also aims to inspire change from every sector of society to help reduce the global impact of cancer. It encourages research enhancements, prevention measures, and improved patient services.</p></div></div>

World Cancer Day FAQs

When is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day is celebrated on February 4th every year. In 2024, it will occur on a Sunday.

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