Celebrate World Cancer Day by signing the World Cancer Declaration as an ONS member!
WHAT IS WORLD CANCER DAY?
World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), through which we aim to help save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.
Globally, every month 600,000 people die from cancer, and many of these deaths could be avoided with increased governmental support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programs. The ultimate aim of World Cancer Day is to help cut premature deaths from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025.
"World Cancer Day is reminder to us all to take action against the increasing burden of cancer. Cancer cases are projected to almost double to 21.4 million by 2030, with nearly two thirds of these occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Importantly, this number could be significantly reduced through cost effective prevention, early detection and treatment strategies."
-ANDREAS ULLRICH MD MPH, MEDICAL OFFICER CANCER CONTROL DEPARTMENT CHRONIC DISEASES AND HEALTH PROMOTION, WHO HEADQUARTERS GENEVA
WHAT CAN I DO?
You can "like" World Cancer Day on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/worldcancerday and Stand Up to Cancer: http://www.facebook.com/su2c
Your chapter or institution can host a screening of LIFE Before Death, an intimate, hopeful and life-affirming story of living well and dying better, advocating for making the most of every moment in our life before death.
You can sign the World Cancer Declaration as an ONS member