4 February: World Cancer Day
World cancer day was observed on 4 February 2013 in order to raise awareness about this illness as well as to promote the measures, early detection, prevention and treatment of the disease. The theme for World Cancer Day, 2013 was Cancer - Did you know? The theme focused on dispelling the misconceptions associated with the disease.
Various functions on the day were organised by Union for International Cancer Control, which is the leading organisation for cancer fighting.
Facts related to cancer
•Cancer accounts for 7.6 million death in a year across the world.
•Most of the cancer deaths occur because of stomach, lunch, colon, liver and breast cancer.
•Around 30 percent cancer deaths occur because of dietary and behavioral risks.
•22 percent of the cancer deaths occur because of tobacco use. Tobacco use also accounts for 71 percent of worldwide lung cancer deaths.
•Around 70 percent of deaths due to cancer occur in low and middle income countries.
•Deaths because of cancer across the world are rising continuously and it is estimated that there might be 13.1 million deaths because of cancer in 2030.