4 February: World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day (WCD) 2015 was observed across the world on 4 February 2015.
The tagline for the WCD 2015 was Not beyond Us. The tagline signified that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer, and that they are within our reach.
The WCD 2015 explored how we can implement what we already know in the areas of prevention, early detection, treatment and care so as to impact the global cancer burden for the better.
The WCD 2015 focused on four key areas. These include:
The global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
In 2016 alone, nearly 9 million people are likely to die of cancer, and the number of deaths will increase to 13 million per year by 2030.
About World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) which aims to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer and save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a leading international non-governmental organisation that unites the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
UICC was founded in 1933 and is based in Geneva. 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.
World Cancer Declaration
World Cancer Declaration sets out 9 Targets to be achieved by 2025 with the overarching goal to reduce cancer death by 25 percent by 2025. The 9 Targets are:
Where: Across the world
When: 4 February 2015