World Cancer Day 2016 observed with theme We can. I can.

Feb 4, 2016 12:05 IST

4 February: World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day (WCD) 2016 was observed across the world on 4 February 2016. The day was observed with year’s theme – We can. I can.

World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. The tagline of the theme reflects on what you can do and asks to make a pledge and take action and make a difference in fight against cancer.

The World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.


It also aims at saving millions of preventable deaths each year. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

About World Cancer Day
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. The primary goal of the day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) founded in 1933 and based in Geneva is a leading international non-governmental organisation. It has a membership of over 800 organisations across 155 countries.

Moreover, it is a founding member of the NCD Alliance, a global civil society network that now represents almost 2000 organisations in 170 countries.

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