World Cancer Day is a global event taking place every year on 4 February to unite the people worldwide in the fight against cancer. Its aim is to raise awareness and education about cancer, sensitize governments and individuals across the world to take action.
World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter at the World Summit against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on 4 February 2000.
Globally about 8.8 million people die from cancer each year; if left unchecked, the number of deaths will increase to 13.2 million per year by 2030. The five most frequent cancers in India are breast cancer, cervical cancer, oral cancer, lung and colorectal cancer.
WE CAN. I CAN
World Cancer Day 2016-2018, under the tagline “We can. I can” explore how everyone as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.
What is cancer?
Cancer is a general name for a group of diseases, in which some of the cells within the body due to some reason grow into uncontrolled fashion. Untreated cancers can spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body, and cause serious illness, disability and death.
Cancer is a multifactorial disease (-there is no single cause for any one type of cancer). Some external agents may act as cancer causing agents (carcinogens), these are:
To prevent cancer, you should:
National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) was launched in 2010 to prevent and control the major non communicable diseases (NCDs). Population-based Screening of common NCDs like diabetes, hypertension and common cancers is being initiated under the umbrella of National Health Mission (NHM).
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