Celebrate World Cancer Day on Feb. 4th

WHAT IS WORLD CANCER DAY?

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), through which we aim to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.

The ultimate aim of World Cancer Day is to help cut premature deaths from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.

From a global level, World Cancer Day is focusing  on four myths.

  1. We don’t need to talk about cancer.
  2. There are no signs or symptoms of cancer.
  3. There is nothing I can do about cancer.
  4. I don’t have the right to cancer care.

"World Cancer Day is reminder to us all to take action against the increasing burden of cancer. Cancer cases are projected to almost double to 21.4 million by 2030, with nearly two thirds of these occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Importantly, this number could be significantly reduced through cost effective prevention, early detection and treatment strategies."
-ANDREAS ULLRICH MD MPH, MEDICAL OFFICER CANCER CONTROL DEPARTMENT CHRONIC DISEASES AND HEALTH PROMOTION, WHO HEADQUARTERS GENEVA

What you and your chapter can do to celebrate World Cancer Day

You can "like" World Cancer Day on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/worldcancerday and Stand Up to Cancer: http://www.facebook.com/su2c

Your chapter or institution can host a screening of LIFE Before Death, an intimate, hopeful and life-affirming story of living well and dying better, advocating for making the most of every moment in our life before death.

You can sign the World Cancer Declaration as an ONS member

This interactive Map of Events indicates events, activities, and actions around the world that will be taking place to mark World Cancer Day

Add your events to this map to indicate ONS’s involvement to this global event!

How can I spread the word?

Information and actions for your institution regarding the purpose and mission of World Cancer Day

WCD posters in English, French, Spanish, More languages

Globeathon- the Walk to End Women’s Cancers

The Global Video
The Universal Video

The Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancer is a call to action for advocacy groups, healthcare professionals, survivors and the lay public to unify their global efforts in a common goal of fostering public awareness and education about gynecologic cancer on an international scale.

Read more about the event here.

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