World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is a truly global event taking place every year on 4 February that unites the world's population in the fight against cancer.

Updated: June 16, 2022

World Cancer Day is a truly global event taking place every year on 4 February that unites the world's population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths out of cancer each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
The uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in a body is known as cancer. Cancer related or causative agents could be chemical or toxic compound exposures, ionizing radiation, some pathogens, and human genetics that may cause a normal body cell to develop abnormally can cause cancer.
Fatigue, weight loss, pain, skin changes, change in bowel or bladder function, unusual bleeding, persistent cough or voice change, fever, lumps, or tissue masses are most common symptoms in any type of cancer. However, signs and symptoms depend on the specific type and grade of cancer. Although there are many blood tests and screening test for diagnosis of cancer, the definite diagnosis is made by examination of a biopsy sample of suspected cancer tissue. Biopsy results can determine the stage of a cancer and can helps determine the cancer type and the extent of cancer spread. Staging also helps the health care provider determine the suitable treatment option.
Generally in most staging methods, the higher the number of stage, the more aggressive the cancer type or more widespread is the cancer in the body. Staging methods differ from cancer to cancer and need to be individually discussed with your health care provider.
Treatment protocols vary according to the type and stage of the cancer. Most treatment protocols are designed to fit the overall health condition of an individual patient. However, most treatments include at least one of the method as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Many a times all the methods may be included.
Many natural and alternative treatments are also available for cancer treatment. But, patients are strongly recommended to discuss these with their cancer doctors before using it. The prognosis depends on the cancer type and its staging which range from excellent to poor. Patient whose cancers are known to be aggressive and those staged with higher numbers that is 3 to 4, often have a prognosis that ranges more toward poor.
UICC continues to expand on the success and impact of the day. It is committed to ensure that every year the event is seen and heard by more people around the world. This is done through working directly with their members to develop a campaign that serves their differing organisational priorities. This is achieved through a two-pronged strategic approach that include:
  • UICC (Union for International Cancer Control)provides support through the development of tools and guidance to encourage its member organisations to run local cancer awareness campaigns that are aligned and adapted to the global World Cancer Day message.
  • On an above country level, UICC work to secure and support digital, traditional and social media opportunities to raise public awareness of the day. World Cancer Day is beginning to firmly cement itself in calendars across the world through the continued support of our membership and key partners.
The Union for International Cancer Control or UICC is a membership based, non-governmental organization that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer. They unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. So, under the tagline "We can. I can.", World Cancer Day will explore how everyone as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do. Make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do will make a difference to the fight against cancer.

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