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World Cancer Day

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Kristin Davis

In the world's constant fight against cancer, every second, every action and every person makes the biggest difference. This year World Cancer Day falls on February 4th, 2021, so please join us to learn more about this movement and how you can make an impact.

Where It Started

World Cancer Day was founded in 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer with the signing of the ‘Charter of Paris Against Cancer’ by government leaders and organizations from around the globe. The Charter signifies the world’s mission to fight cancer by creating awareness and saving as many lives as possible both through prevention and enhanced treatment. The goal of World Cancer Day is to create an impact not only one day out of the year, but every day. 

Why We Fight

Every single year millions of people are affected by cancer. Specifically, there is an annual average of 17 million cases diagnosed and 9.5 million cancer-related deaths worldwide. What's more, is that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average of diagnosed cases is expected to increase to 16.3 million by 2040. As dim as this data appears, WHO also states that at least 40% of cancer cases are preventable and that  3.7 million lives could be saved each year through methods of prevention, early detection and treatment alone. 

Making An Impact | I Am I Will 

Educating people on their own risks whether they be modifiable (smoking, drinking, etc…) or not (age, sex, genetics, etc…), encouraging routine screenings, regularly scheduled exams as well as fundraising for improved treatment accessibility are just some of the ways that organizations and local communities can contribute to advocating for helping cancer patients around the world.

This year's theme for World Cancer Day is I am, I will, because it all starts with each person taking the steps to make sure that they’re aware of their own personal risk factors or prevention options and can empower others to do the same. Beyond that, there are so many ways to advocate for awareness and contribute to the cause. Head over to the World Cancer Day webpage here to learn more! Also be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remember this fight starts with you and ends with all of us. We can and we will beat cancer. 

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