World Cancer Day: Together it is possible

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.

This is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which aims 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.

World Cancer Day 2012 has been themed ‘Together let’s do something’ because it is only by every person, organisation, government individually doing their part that the world will be able to reduce premature deaths from cancer and other NCDs by 25% by 2025.

Did you know that each year, over 12.7 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million people die from the disease?

If no action is taken, the worldwide cancer burden is expected to reach 26 million new diagnoses and 17 million deaths by the year 2030, with the most rapid increases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

However, it’s not all bad news as 30-40% of cancers can be prevented, and one-third of cancers can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment. Our aim is to help you understand how you can take steps to prevent cancer and live a healthier and longer life.

Find out how you can prevent cancer:

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Environmental pollutants that cause cancer

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