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World Cancer Day

    World Cancer Day

    Our collective efforts aim to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are averted, and equitable access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is available to all – regardless of race or geography. This is being accomplished by raising global awareness, improving education, and catalysing individual, collective, and governmental action on world cancer day.

    World Cancer Day – first observed in 2000 – has evolved into a positive movement that brings people from all walks of life together to speak out about one of humanity’s most serious concerns: cancer. It is celebrated on February 4 every year.

    In more than a third of the cases, cancer could have been prevented. Approximately one-third of cases are treatable if discovered early and treated appropriately. Every year, we have the potential to save millions of lives by implementing resource-efficient measures for prevention, early identification, and treatment. We now have a better knowledge of cancer than we have ever had before in human history. The result of our devotion to research and innovation has been remarkable advancements in medicine, diagnosis, and the advancement of scientific knowledge. In addition, the more our understanding, the faster we can work toward lowering risk factors, increasing prevention, and enhancing cancer detection and prevention as well as cancer treatment and care.

    In the course of a year, hundreds of activities and events bring communities, organisations, and individuals together in places such as schools, workplaces, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community centres, and places of worship. They help to serve as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing cancer’s global impact on society.

    Even though we live in an era of significant improvements in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, many of us who seek cancer therapy face obstacles at every step of the way. Financial well-being, geographic location, and prejudice based on ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or manner of life are just a few variables that may have a detrimental impact on treatment outcomes. In this context, the subject of this year’s World Cancer Day, “Close the Care Gap,” is all about increasing awareness of this equity gap, which affects practically everyone, both in high- and low-income nations, and is responsible for a significant number of deaths.


    Today, the world’s least developed countries account for more than half of all cancer fatalities (65 percent). Even in high-income nations, inequalities persist between low-income, indigenous, immigrant, refugee, and rural groups. This is especially true in developing countries. Access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care has the potential to save lives if provided on an equal footing. We can alleviate anxiety, build a wider understanding, debunk myths and misunderstandings, and modify behaviours and attitudes around cancer through increasing public and political literacy and information about the disease.

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