Ten million people die each year from cancer. That is more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. By 2030, experts project cancer deaths to rise to 13 million – if we do not act. Today, we know more about cancer than ever. More than one-third of cancer cases can be prevented. Another third can be cured if detected early and treated properly.
Through raising the public and political literacy and understanding around cancer, we reduce fear, increase understanding, dispel myths and misconceptions, and change behaviors and attitudes. Furthermore, by implementing resource-appropriate strategies on prevention, early detection and treatment, we can save up to 3.7 million lives every year.
In hopes of achieving this, a World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4th February – a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This year – we recognize that our commitment to act will lead to powerful progress in reducing the global impact of cancer. So today, whoever you are, your actions - big and small - will make lasting, positive change. We need your commitment to helping reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all - no matter who you are or where you live.
Click on this link to explore some really simple ways to get involved in order to really bring this change.