World Cancer Day

By Abby Henry Singh February 13, 2018Pearls of Wisdom Blog

World Cancer Day is February 4th.

What is World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day is global event taking place every year on the 4th of February. The event includes coordinated events across the globe as well as social media campaigns.

World Cancer Day is sponsored by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), a group made up of over 1,000 different cancer and health organizations in more than 160 countries.

What is the goal of World Cancer Day?

World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer to raise awareness, educate, and encourage governments and individuals to take action.

World Cancer Day’s self-stated primary objective is “to get as many people as possible around the globe to talk about cancer on 4 February.”

Why is World Cancer Day important?

According to the UICC, 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year. Cancer is truly a global issues. Most people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime either directly or indirectly.

Access to treatment and education varies widely from low-to-middle income countries and middle-to-high income counties. In fact, 90% of low income countries lack access to radiation treatment, a treatment often needed by cancer patients. To learn more about cancer and access to care around the globe, check out the UICC’s special infographic for World Cancer Day.

What can I do to get involved?

On February 4th, join the global social media conversation by using #wecanIcan and #WorldCancerDay. Share and retweet messages from participating cancer and health organizations. Sign up to be part of the “Thunderclap” to join supporters all around the world as they post the same status at the same time in support of World Cancer Day. The coordinated posts will amplify the message so it reverberates through social media like a clap of thunder.

Visit the World Cancer Day website for more ideas on how you can be a part of the global movement.

Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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