Nearly every family in the world is touched by cancer, which is now responsible for almost one in six deaths globally.
On World Cancer Day today, WHO highlights that cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence, as the capacity exists to reduce its burden and improve the survival and quality of life of people living with the disease.
World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease The World Cancer Day originated in 2000 at the first World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris.
The World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.
UICC provides support through the development of tools and guidance to encourage its member organisations to run local cancer awareness campaigns that are aligned and adapted to the global World Cancer Day message.
The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.
To mark this day, West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted, “Today is World Cancer Day. Let’s vow to fight all forms of cancer and find effective cures.”