What is World Cancer Day?
World Cancer Day unites the world in the fight against cancer; taking place across the globe every year on 4th February. The day aims to raise awareness and educate the population about the disease, to take action and prevent millions of deaths.
Why is it important?
As it stands, 8.8 million people die from cancer across the world every year, of which 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69). However, this number is predicted to rise to 13.2 million by 2030 if left unrecognised. This is why we need to take action and fight cancer together.
What’s the tagline this year?
This year World Cancer Day is following the tagline ‘We can. I can.’ The meaning behind this is to show that we all have the power to reduce the burden of cancer worldwide, whether this is collectively or individually. Examples of the various actions we could take are:
Join forces to make a difference
Create healthy schools, workplaces and cities
Make healthy lifestyle choices
Understand that early detection saves lives
Ask for support
Love, and be loved
Make your voice heard
How can you get involved?
You can show your support and help spread the message through the various social media channels. The official World Cancer Day has created ‘Signs for Change’, which you can download here, to share on social media and don’t forget to use #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan in your post.
Choose your sign
Take a selfie
Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
To find out more information about World Cancer Day, visit the official website at www.worldcancerday.org