World Cancer Day is a global campaign launched annually on February 4 designed to raise cancer awareness and education, and enact governments and individuals around the world to join the fight against this disease.
Under the tagline, "Not beyond us," World Cancer Day 2015 takes a positive, proactive approach to cancer awareness and prevention by highlighting solutions that do exist accross the continuum of diagnosis, treatment, and care. This year, World Cancer Day centers around four major themes:
- Choosing healthy lives
- Delivering early detection
- Achieving treatment for all
- Maximizing quality of life
The global cancer epidemic has grown to astronomical levels. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. The World Cancer Day campaign explores how lawmakers, healthcare providers, and advocates can implement what we already know about prevention, early detection, and treatment, and in turn, open up the exciting prospect that together we can do our part to lift the world's cancer burden.
World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), comprised of over 800 organizations across 155 countries. This combined international effort represents global solidarity and boundless support for a universal fight against cancer.
This all sounds great, you may be thinking, but how can you help? World Cancer Day presents a unique opportunity to raise cancer awareness and make an impact at the individual, community, and government level. Your support and commitment to helping raise awareness will help hundreds of organizations mobilize and harness the cancer solutions already in our reach.
Here's a video from Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, encouraging you to participate in World Cancer Day 2015.
Check out this List of Actions on the WCD website that gives you all the tools you need to participate in this awesome awareness initiative. Whether it's a tweet or Facebook post, sharing an Ecard or Fact Sheet, or even attending a World Cancer Day event near you, any participation is welcome and no contribution is too small.
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