World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4th. To raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) founded World Cancer Day. To support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008.
Mark today for World Cancer Day on your calendar
Global public health days offer great potential to raise awareness and understanding about health issues and mobilise support for action, from the local community to the international stage. Specific health issues or conditions observed throughout the year are numerous. Today, we commemorate World Cancer Day.
‘We can. I can.‘ That is the tagline for the 2017 World Cancer Day today 4th February. Marking the 11th 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.
Nigeria as a Case Study…
Nigeria has the highest cancer death rates in Africa. Over 10,000 Nigerians die yearly from cancer (WHO, Feb.13, 2013). For instance, breast cancer. Symptoms vary from lumps to swellings to skin changes and most times, it shows no symptoms at all. To screen, simple regular non-invasive tests can help to detect cancer, MRI, CT Scan, Mammograms, Ultrasound etc.
Join in for better health
Get people accessed, talk to students and workers on healthier choices to prevent cancer, organise a “No Smoking” campaign. Contribute to the online conversation through social media, you can play a part in these worldwide efforts to create a healthier world.
Also, did you know that bad food choices and habit is a leading cause of cancer among other causes? This is predominantly seen in Nigeria and most other African countries. My fellow Nigerians, we can imbibe Good Nutrition and Dietary Lifestyle habits to prevent a long list of cancers. Find out now!
View this beautifully designed infographic below by WorldCancerDay Organisation