World Cancer Day 2020: The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes the World Cancer Day, every year on February 4th, Tuesday. The main aim of this day is to make awareness of cancer in the global community.
“I am and I will” is the theme of this year and, which means it acknowledges everyone’s capacity to act in the face of cancer.
World Cancer Day will see its 20th anniversary in this year 2020 – here now the discussion surrounding the disease is even more important. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. This fatal disease is spreading at an extremely fast pace. Cancer is the second leading cause of death, which is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018, as per World Health Organisation (WHO) data.
Cancer occurs due to abnormal growth of cells in tissue or organ of the body.
There are many cancer types in this globe including breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer and many more. Because of various types of cancers, about 1 in 6 deaths across the globe happen due to cancer. The risk factors and symptoms depend on the type of cancer. A cancer diagnosis can affect more than just the person who is diagnosed. Watch the video here:
World Cancer Day was written into the Charter of Paris Against Cancer on February 4, 2000. The document was signed in between then French President Jacques Chirac and UNESCO General Director at that time, Koichiro Matsuura.
In 2012, the UICC also founded Mc Cabe Centre for Law & Cancer, which is the first and only centre of its kind. The centre’s aim lies at advancing law to fight cancer.