World Cancer Day is celebrated every year on 4th of February all over the world to commemorate all the efforts done by the WHO, United Nations, governmental and non-governmental health organizations towards making the strategy to fight against cancer as well as distributing the real message about this epidemic disease and its treatments including its precautionary measures by uniting all the people a day on global basis.
It is celebrated to plan some new strategies as well as implement some new programs which help to aware more people about this disease. This event is organized on an annual basis under the supervision of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and other leading health organizations involved for cancer-fighting.
World Cancer Day 2020
World Cancer Day 2020 will be celebrated all across the world on Tuesday, the 4th of February.
This year the theme for World Cancer Day was “I am and I will”. This theme will be for three years i.e. 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Volunteer Services Organisation (VSO) organized a kite festival named ‘Tarang’ at Manipal, Karnataka on 03rd February. The aim of the festival was to create awareness for the early detection of cancer. The theme for the festival was “I am and I will” which was the theme of World Cancer Day observed on 04th February 2019. The event was supported by the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and Kasturba Hospital, Manipal.
In Mumbai, around 250 students from BMC schools organized a campaign for a tobacco-free life on the occasion of World Cancer Day. The initiative was supported by an NGO named Salaam Bombay, which works for the betterment of the slums in the city.
Center conducted a painting competition to mark the World Cancer Day at Chennai on 03rd February 2019. The theme of the painting competition was “Papa! Make my tomorrow cancer-free”. Famous cartoonist S. Jayaraj and artist Usha Elangovan were the judges of the competition.
History of World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day celebration was planned in Geneva, Switzerland in 1933 under the direction of UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) and with the support of various other well-known cancer societies, research institutes, treatment centers, and patient groups. The World Cancer Day event was founded to fulfill all the needs to fight and control this deadly disease.
According to the report it has been noted that Report people more than 12.7 million are diagnosed with cancer as well as people more than 7 million are dying of cancer every year. The day was planned to start its annual celebration in order to save millions of lives from cancer as well as instruct people to check its symptoms, follow its preventive measures and get saved from the risk of this epidemic disease. The day, the 4th of February was established specially for raising cancer awareness among people, teaching them about healthy diet, regular and proper physical activity and a lesson on how to get prevented from the environmental carcinogens.
How World Cancer Day is Celebrated
To spread the special messages about cancer awareness and its prevention, the leading health organizations, as well as nongovernmental organizations, take part by organizing the camps, awareness programs, rallies, lectures, seminars and etc. A variety of control measures policies gets implemented and people are promoted to join in masses.
Common public, health organizations, and other non-governmental organizations are requested and promoted in many ways before the day celebration to take part during the event celebration. Common people are the main target of the event celebration to which the message is to be spread and shared to get more control over cancer. A toolkit, having templates, leaflets and direction for various organizations accordingly, is provided by the UICC for better assistance.
This event is celebrated every year by using a particular theme to make this event more result-oriented among people. According to the report, people (of the low and middle-income group) with various types of cancer and death ratios per year are liver cancer/6,10,000, lung cancer/1.3 million, colorectal cancer/6,39,000, stomach cancer/8,03,000, breast cancer/5,19,000 and etc.
During the event celebration, people are targeted to let them know about the risk factors causing cancer such as tobacco use, overweight or obese, low fruit or vegetable intake, less or no physical activity, alcohol use, sexual transmission of HPV-infection, urban areas air pollution, indoor smoke, genetically risk factors, overexposure to sunlight and etc. People are also getting aware of the vaccination method against the human papillomavirus and hepatitis B virus.
Why World Cancer Day is Celebrated
World cancer day is celebrated to make aware the normal people about the risk factors and preventive measures of cancer to get prevented or its early detection. Generally, people suffering from cancer are hated by normal people in society and behaved like an untouched person. There are various other social myths related to cancer than normal people think that they would get cancer if they would touch or live with the person having cancer. The day is celebrated as well to remove such type of social myths related to cancer. It is celebrated to make the normal aware of all the reality of the cancer-like symptoms, causing factors, treatment, and etc.
A variety of events are organized on this day to show people that the person with cancer should not be treated separately, they should have equal rights to live like a normal person in society and any relation should not be changed for them. They should be fulfilled their wishes by their relatives even if they have fewer chances of survival. It is very necessary to make them feel better like a normal person and should not make them feel that they are given some treatment for survival as they are dying. They must feel self-respect and find a normal environment in their home and society.
A normal person should avoid being over-sympathetic to them or sharing their unsuccessful stories as it may make their pain and fear intolerable. They should be shared some positive stories to get boost their morale and make them feel energetic and self-confident in order to defeat cancer or make their journey easy and happy.
According to the statistics, it has been noted that most of the cancer cases and cancer deaths (47% and 55% respectively) occur in less developed areas of the world. If it is not controlled, this condition may get worse by 2030. So, it is very necessary to get control over such a situation at all the corners of the world.
During this event celebration, people are promoted well about their healthy lifestyles, balanced diet, regular physical activity, and weight management in order to reduce the risk of occurrence of cancers. They are promoted to get rid of their alcohol habits, unhealthy diet, and physical immobility.
Common Myths and Facts about Cancer
Below are listed some common myths and facts about cancer among people who are necessary to be removed and well understand the reality about cancer to get control over it.
> Generally people think that cancer tissues are just health issues however it is not.
> Common people think that cancer is a disease for wealthy and old age people however it is a global and epidemic disease which can affect all age group.
> Common people think that suffering from cancer is just like a punishment however the most types of cancer are now well treatable.
> Common people think that having cancer is their fate however approximately 30% of the cases can be cured and prevented for the whole life.
World Cancer Day Themes:
World cancer day is celebrated every year using a particular theme; some of the year wise themes are listed below:
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2019, 2020 and 2021 is “I am and I will”.
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2016, 2017 and 2018 was “We can. I can.”
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2015 was “Not beyond us”.
> The theme of the World Cancer Day 2014 was “Debunk the Myths”.
> The theme of the World Cancer Day 2013 was “Cancer – Did you know?”
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2012 was “Together it is possible”.
> The theme of the World Cancer Day 2011 was “Teaching Children and Teenagers to limit their sun exposure by being SunSmart!”
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2010 was “Vaccinating to prevent virus-related liver cancers “.
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2009 was “I love my healthy active childhood”.
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2008 was “Give children and young people a smoke-free environment”.
> The theme of World Cancer Day 2007 was “Today’s children, tomorrow’s world”.