‘World Cancer Day’ to be Recognized Sunday

Raising awareness, encouraging prevention treatment primary missions

This Sunday, February 4, marks World Cancer Day, an international event intended to raise awareness while encouraging prevention, detection, and treatment.

When the World Cancer Declaration was written back in 2008, World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals set forth in that declaration.

The stated goal of World Cancer Day is to “significantly reduce illness and death cause by cancer by the year 2020.” In light of the progress made thus far, it is likely that subsequent World Cancer Days will take place well into the future.

UICC is committed to raising awareness of the day through traditional or social media channels, and encouraged the participation of healthcare professionals around the world. In past years, one popular initiative has included the hashtag #NoHairSelfie where participants, or ‘hair’ticipants as they’re commonly known for the event, shave their heads in support of those fighting cancer.

This year’s theme is ‘We Can. I Can.’ The theme refers to the ability of each individual to make a difference in reducing the global impact of cancer.

For more information on World Cancer Day, visit http://www.worldcancerday.org

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