World Cancer Day 2017

World Cancer Day

 It’s World Cancer Day on February 4th. The day aims to prevent unnecessary deaths by raising awareness, lobbying governments and encouraging people to take action in their communities and unite in the fight against cancer. The objective of the day is to get as many people around the world talking about cancer as possible.


When you look at the statistics, it’s no surprise that cancer is never out of the news. 8.2 million people die from cancer every year, out of 14.1 million new cases annually. Unfortunately four million people die prematurely each year (aged 30 to 69). By 2025, it’s predicted that there’ll be 19.2 million new cancer cases annually, and 11.5 million deaths each year.


World Cancer Day (WCD) was established on February 4th 2000 as a result of the Paris Charter which was adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer For The New Millennium. The goals of the charter were to:


*Promote research for curing and preventing cancer

*Upgrade services provided for patients

*Mobilise the global community against cancer


The theme for 2016-2018 is We Can – I Can and aims to explore how everyone together (collectively or individually) can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect upon what we can do as individuals and communities, make a pledge and take action. There are many ways you can join in with the campaign as an individual or in a group:


We Can


*Inspire action, take action

*Create healthy schools

*Create healthy workplaces

*Create healthy cities

*Support others return to work

*Challenge perceptions

*Join forces to make a difference

*Shape policy change

*Improve access to cancer care


I Can


*Make healthy lifestyle choices

*Ask for support

*Take control of my cancer journey

*Make my voice heard

*Love, and be loved

*Understand that early detection saves lives


There are many ways to help and get involved. You could start your own campaign or simply share World Cancer Day posts across your social networks. You can add your WCD activity to the online map of impact, you can support WCD on social media or support the WCD Thunderclap campaign. You can increase World Cancer Day’s impact by holding an event or writing a blog about how you’ve been affected by cancer.


You can access all of the WCD materials here to use in your workplace, school or for your event. You can also share your story with other people who have been affected worldwide.

Please support World Cancer Day on February 4th in any way you can to raise awareness about cancer and help to prevent unnecessary deaths, improve detection and treatment and raise awareness.


Please use the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan on Twitter

Please follow the World Cancer Day Facebook Page and share their posts

Please follow World Cancer Day on Instagram and post using the hashtags on Instagram

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