Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day – a day that was established 16 years ago at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium.
World Cancer Day “aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, while urging governments and individuals across the world to take action,” its website declares.
“We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care,” said, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in an official statement.
“On World Cancer Day, we have an opportunity to collectively examine cancer control strategies to identify winning formulas that will accelerate progress. The goal for all of us is to ensure fewer people develop cancer, more people are successfully treated and that there is a better quality of life for people during treatment and beyond,” said Heather Bryant, VP, Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
World Cancer Day is a global event with activities throughout the world. One of the most visible will be held in New York, where the Empire State Building will be lit blue and orange (colors of the Union for International Cancer Control, which organizes the World Cancer Day) for the sixth year in a row.
Feature image from www.worldcancerday.org.