The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), recognizes 4 February each year as World Cancer Day.
Some quick facts about cancer from WHO:
- 7.6 million people worldwide died from cancer in 2008.
- About 70% of cancer deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
- It’s estimated that 30% of cancers can be prevented.
Read more facts about cancer here.
The theme for World Cancer Day 2014 is “Debunk the Myths!”
Myth 1: We don’t need to talk about cancer.
Myth 2: There are no signs or symptoms of cancer.
Myth 3: There is nothing I can do about cancer.
Myth 4: I don’t have the right to cancer care.
Visit the World Cancer Day web page for more about planned events and to download fact sheets, evidence sheets, posters and postcards.