Kolkata, Feb 3 : World Cancer Day, coordinated by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) every year on February 4, is an opportunity to unite the entire world in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.
This year marks the launch of the three-year campaign with the slogan "I am and I will", a call to action that empowers and asks for a personal pledge to help reduce cancer’s impact.
9.6 million People die each year from cancer. That’s more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
By 2030, experts project cancer deaths to rise to 13 million.
The World Cancer Day originated in 2000 at the first World Summit against Cancer, which was held in Paris.
The World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.
UICC 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.
Cancer is a broad term. It describes the disease that results when cellular changes cause the uncontrolled growth and division of cells.
Some types of cancer cause rapid cell growth, while others cause cells to grow and divide at a slower rate.(UNI)