A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
‘We can. I can.’ That is the tagline for the 2016 World Cancer Day on 4 February. Marking the 10th anniversary of the global awareness campaign, the aim this year is to prove that every single person can make a difference in the fight against cancer.
World Cancer Day is part of the World Cancer Campaign, adopted following the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium. This summit took place on 4 February 2000, and subsequently the first ever World Cancer Day was penciled in for 4 February 2006. That tradition has continued every year, and the custom does not stop in 2016.
Some facts:
There are currently around 200 known types of cancer. From lung and esophageal, to bowel and skin cancer.
Lung cancer is by far the biggest killer. Every year it takes the lives
of around 1.4 million people globally – That is slightly more than the
populations of Birmingham and Coventry combined.
Stomach cancer is the second biggest killer, with around 740,000 deaths
per year, and liver cancer is third with 700,000 per year.
Most of recorded cancer cases are found in developed countries, namely
in North America, Oceania and Western Europe. But, of all global cancer deaths,
70% are found in the developed world.
The number of cancer deaths is not expected to decrease any time soon,
either. Projections say that the number of cancer deaths will hit 12 million
across the world by 2030; a rise of more than 30% in under 15 years.
Estimates show that more than 30% of all cancer deaths could be
prevented by a changing lifestyle – including stopping smoking, more exercise
and using more sun-cream.
Cancer has huge economic repercussions, too. It has been estimated that
every year, cancer costs $290bn (£199bn) to treat – more than half of that is
from medical bills. As we reach 2030, that number is expected to increase by more
than 35% to $458bn (£315bn).
With these worrying statistics fresh in our mind, let us make sure that
together we do our part to beat cancer. We can. I can.
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