5 Feb

February 4th is World Cancer Day

February 4th is World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day occurs on February 4th of every year and is a day meant to unite people around the world in the battle against cancer. Not only do we want to help in raising awareness regarding cancers of all sorts, but this day allows those who have always thought about taking actions, such as donating or volunteering, to step forward and be part of the solution. 

 

Did you know…

  • 8.8 million people die from cancer each year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30-69 years)

  • There are more than 100 types of cancers; any part of the body can be affected

  • Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly 1 in 4 deaths

  • Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world, causing more than 22% of cancer deaths

  • Some cancers can be cured if detected early and treated adequately (breast, cervical, and colorectal)

 

When someone should be screened for cancer:

How to help:

  • Check out the activity map at www.worldcancerday.org/map to locate activities that you, your family, and friends can take part in!

  • "Signs for Change”

    • Choose a sign from the website with one of the “We Can, I Can” sayings
    • Take a photo of yourself holding the sign
    • Post it to any social media with #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan
  • Download some materials from the website that come directly from the campaign, these can be used to help promote and spread factual information

 

References:

http://www.worldcancerday.org/

http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/cancer/facts/en/

Atlanta: American Cancer Society. "Cancer Facts & Figures 2013." American Cancer Society. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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By: Mitchell Kincaid & Anthony Walrath, 2018 PharmD Candidates