4th February is marked as the World Cancer Day. Around the world, seventeen people die every minute of cancer. This day helps manifest the general awareness of cancer and encourages the prevention, detection, and treatment of the disease. Instigated by the Union for International Cancer Control to support the World Cancer Declaration, in 2008; this day has become the need of the hour to create a much needed awareness for this disease.
The significance of this day is to prevent the illness and to reduce the mortality caused by it. The key reason why there are so many fatalities caused by this disease is the ignorance of the primary symptoms and late detection. This day targets the misconceptions, stigma, and ill information while generating awareness.
Every year, the World Cancer Day has a theme, like a slogan which helps encourage the fight against the disease to a great extent. Some of the themes throughout the years have been; “Cancer can be prevented” (2011), “Together let’s do something” (2012),“Cancer Myths – Get the Facts” (2013), “Debunk the Myths” (2014), “Not Beyond Us” (2015),“We can. I can.” (2016 – 2018), and “I Am and I Will” (2019 – 2021.)
This year’s theme, “I Am and I Will” highlights that every person has the capability to address the cancer burden. “We can work together to reduce cancer risk factors. We can overcome barriers to early diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care. We can work together to improve cancer control and achieve global targets to reduce premature mortality from cancer,” asserts the WHO.