Today marks World Cancer Day, which aims to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. Founded by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC), the theme for this year’s event is ‘We Can. I Can.’, and will explore what people as a collective can do to reduce the ‘global burden of cancer.’
Statistics show that 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year of which 4 million of these die prematurely and are between the ages of 30 to 69. World Cancer Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about cancer, whether it be through social media, face-to-face and through education.
Kate Allen, Executive Director of Science & Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International said, “It’s exciting to see how every year there is greater supporter for World Cancer Day. We’re delighted to back this important initiative and would encourage everyone to get involved.”
WeAreTheCity profiled a feature about cervical cancer during January’s Cervical Cancer Awareness month in order to raise awareness to the disease. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and over, with over 3,000 women every year diagnosed with the disease. It usually develops when the human papillomavirus (HPV) consistently occurs. The HPV virus is very common, with around 80% of people being infected at some point in their lives, but most cases do not evolve into cancer.
You can get talking about cancer and get involved through World Cancer Day through the social media hashtags, #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan or by visiting the organisation’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
Visit the World Cancer Day website to find out more ways of getting involved.