Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of death. It can affect anyone, irrespective of their age and gender. The disease can result in physical, psychological, emotional, and financial strain on the patient and their family and friends. While some forms of cancer do not have sure-shot treatments, many deaths can be prevented by taking timely measures, such as vaccinating against cancer-causing infections and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Developing awareness about cancer is thus essential. World Cancer Day, also called International Cancer Day, was initiated with this goal in mind and is observed every year to achieve just that. Here’s everything you need to know about World Cancer Day.
World Cancer Day was first observed on the 4th of February, 2000, in Paris, at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium. The Charter of Paris Against Cancer was signed on this day to officially establish International Cancer Day, aimed at preventing cancer by promoting research and improving patient services and palliative care.
World Cancer Day is observed every year on the 4th of February. This year will be the 21st year since its establishment.
World Cancer Day is observed to reduce deaths due to cancer-causing infections. Its primary motive is to raise awareness and promote prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. With a lack of cancer care and access to useful sources of knowledge, people often fall prey to misinformation, which creates negative perceptions and social stigma. These, in turn, affect the prevention and treatment of cancer to a great extent. Thus, the onus to raise awareness is not just on the government and the cancer-care organisations. Communities, too, need to participate to have a significant impact. World Cancer Day is a reminder to open up about these issues and encourage prevention and early diagnosis.
The theme of World Cancer Day 2021 is the same as 2019 and 2020 – ‘I Am, and I Will’. It highlights World Cancer Day’s significance, marked to encourage proactive personal and communal actions to impact the issue of lack of correct information/knowledge. In other words, the theme is all about one’s commitment to raise awareness and promote prevention and care.
Let’s check out some past themes as well:
Several activities are held on World Cancer Day every year. Raising awareness over the Internet, especially social media, funding cancer research, participating in fundraising campaigns and parades, and attending educational seminars are some of these activities. If you are wondering what you can do for World Cancer Day this year, there are ample options. You can begin by researching the topic and sharing verified information with your loved ones. You can donate to research projects, talk to cancer patients or cancer survivors and hear their stories, and even get your vaccinations. Anyone can participate in any capacity, and contribute towards this global cause.
Here are some facts about cancer everyone should know:
While there is some progress with cancer care and prevention, it doesn’t meet the expectation. There’s a lot more to do to reduce the death rate due to cancer. World Cancer Day campaigns are important for raising awareness and providing cancer care, especially in remote and low- and middle-income countries. They say, “You cannot smooth out the surf, but you can learn to ride the waves.” Let’s do our bit and encourage everyone to ride the waves by participating in World Cancer Day activities and helping to spread awareness and verified knowledge about cancer.
This post was last modified on February 1, 2021 6:51 pm