World Cancer Day is an international event to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment. It is established by the Paris Charter at the World Summit against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on 4th February, 2000. It aims to significantly reduce the illness and death by sensitizing the governments and individuals across the world to fight against and take action.
According to the Global Cancer Facts and Figures, produced by the American Cancer Society, globally about 8.8 million people die out of cancer every year. If left undetected and untreated, the number of deaths may increase up to 13.2 million every year by 2030.
In fact, 1 in 7 deaths is due to cancer across the world.
Caused by both internal factors like inheriting damaged DNA, hormones and immune condition, as well as external factors like tobacco, infectious organisms and unhealthy die, even after any kind operation…
2016-2018, World Cancer Day started a three-year campaign under the tagline of “We can. I can”. This explored the power of collective and individual actions to reduce the impact of cancer.
Before 2016, the campaign themes included “Not Beyond Us” (2015) and “Debunk the Myths” (2014).
In India itself, Cancer is the second most common disease responsible for maximum deaths.
You will amazed to know that, 0.3 million deaths happen every year due to Cancer in India and that is more than AIDs, Tuberculosis, Malaria, etc. Five most frequent cancer deaths in India are through breast cancer, cervical cancer, oral cancer, lung, colorectal cancer, etc.
To raise the awareness about cancer, this World Cancer Day, a special drive with the theme “I am and I will” on early detection of the disease has been conducted to significantly improve patient survival.
Cancer is not all that bad! Proven, as per studies, the death rates from cancer have declined over the past two decades. According to the annual statistical reports, it has fallen by 26%. And the decline translates to nearly 2.4 million deaths averted during this time period.