WORLD CANCER DAY – 4 FEBRUARY

Friday 4 February 2011: 4 years 5 months on …

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY TO  MARK WORLD CANCER DAY?

February 4 is marked as WORLD CANCER DAY to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is led by the International Union Against Cancer, a global consortium of more than 350 cancer-fighting organizations in over 100 countries. World Cancer Day targets the public through global communications marketing, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organisations to make cancer a political priority.

The UICC (International Union against Cancer) initiated the World Cancer Campaign in 2005 in response to the Charter of Paris of 2000 which chose 4 February as World Cancer Day. Since 2006, UICC has co-ordinated World Cancer Day activities, supported by members, partners, the World Health Organisation, the International Energy Agency, and other international bodies.

The campaign emphasizes that 40% of cancers can be prevented through these healthy behaviours:

  • Provide a smoke-free environment
  • Be physically active, eat a balanced, healthy diet and avoid obesity
  • Learn about vaccines for virus-related liver and cervical cancers
  • Avoid over-exposure to the sun

This year, 2011, the focus is to teach children and teenagers to avoid UV exposure by being “sun smart”.