February 4: World Cancer Day

The World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed every year on 4 February across the world to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

The theme (tagline) between 2016 and 2018 WCD is “We can. I can”.

It reflects on what everyone can do to raise awareness of cancer and asks to take pledge and action in fight against cancer.

Special three-year campaign for the World Cancer Day 2016-2018 seeks to explore how everyone- as individuals or as a collective &ndash can do their part to reduce the burden of cancer globally.

About World Cancer Day

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) had instituted World Cancer Day (WCD in 2008 by formally writing the goals of the World Cancer Declaration.

The primary goal of observing the day is to reduce illness and death caused by it by 2020. The origin of the day can be traced to 2000 at the first World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris, France.

UICC: It is Geneva based leading international non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 1933. Its purpose is to help the global health community to accelerate the fight against cancer. It has a membership of over 800 organisations spread across 155 countries.

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