World Cancer Day
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organizes World Cancer Day on 4 February. For every year this organization brings a new theme for World Cancer Day. Which shows that even a person suffering from cancer can fight cancer in any condition. Every year, many deaths from cancer occur in the world. After hearing the word Cancer, fear spreads in everyone’s mind. Many people feel that treatment for cancer is not possible, but not that cancer is not incurable, treatment of cancer is possible. Yes, if you are aware and get treatment at the right time, you can beat cancer. There are many types of cancer, but there are 4 types of cancer which are quite common and also dangerous. Here we are telling about those four cancers which affect the Indian population the most. Among them cancer is Lung, Breast, Cervix and Colorectal Cancer.
What is Cancer?
Cancer is a disease that if the treatment is not done at the right time, then the patient is sure to die. According to Cancer.gov, ‘Cancer is a name given to a collection of related diseases. In all types of cancer, some of the cells in the human body start dividing without stopping and spread to surrounding tissues.’
Cancer can start anywhere in the human body, which is made up of at least trillions of cells. As Cancer develops the orderly process of cell regeneration breaks down. Hence, many cancers can form solid tumors, which spread throughout the body.
This fatal disease causes the most deaths in the world. Cancer is of many types and its symptoms are different in women and men. While women are killing breast cancer the most, men have the highest risk of lung cancer. Read Cancer causes, types, symptoms, risk factors, diagnose and treatment.
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the cause of one in six deaths in the world every year. Breast, cervical, prostate, mouth and large intestine cancer cases are most common. According to the Indian Cancer Society, about one and a half million people in India are likely to get cancer in the next 10 years. It is being said that 50 percent of the cancer in it will be incurable. According to statistics, in the year 2018, due to cancer disease, more than 96 lakh deaths have occurred worldwide. Read 5 Reasons that increase the risk of Cervical Cancer among women
World Cancer Day 2021 is observed to spread awareness, inspire change and reduce the global impact of cancer. World Cancer Day observed to reduce misconceptions about cancer and to help people in getting the right information about it. It also offers a chance to make an impact in the betterment of the life of cancer patients and survivors. The aim is to spread awareness and reduce stigma around the ailment and in turn work with health organisations to reduce the number of premature deaths caused by cancer by one third by the year 2030. The Union for International Cancer Control took to its Twitter to inform people that it was conducting a full-day live and other events on February 4.
Join UICC and individuals from around the world for a full day of live and exclusive events on 4th February aimed at raising awareness, improving education, fighting stigma and inspiring action to reduce the impact of #cancer.https://t.co/UNbCY6sMs7 #WorldCancerDay pic.twitter.com/ZgyePB56sg
— Union for International Cancer Control (@uicc) February 2, 2021
Important things about cancer
– World Health Organization (WHO), one-third occurring cancer deaths attitude towards cancer and diet are caused by risks.
– Along with less fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol use are also among the causes of its death.
– Consumption of tobacco contributes a large number of deaths from cancer. It is responsible for about 22% of cancer deaths.
– lung, colorectal, stomach and breast cancer are responsible for most cancer deaths each year.
– Abnormal growth of cancer cells can be caused by both external factors and genetic factors.
Why World Cancer Day is Celebrated ?
World Cancer Day is celebrated to make the common people aware of cancer detection or prevention measures and dangers. People feel that this disease spreads through touching, so a person suffering from cancer is seen as hatred and untouchable in society.
There are various types of social myths related to cancer in common people, such as living with or touching the cancer victim, they can also get this fatal disease. This day is also celebrated to end such myth. Also, due to its occurrence, it is celebrated to create general awareness about all the reality like symptoms and treatment.
World Cancer Day 2021 Theme
The theme for World Cancer Day 2021 is ‘I Am and I Will’. It represents an empowering call-to-action urging personal commitment, and also represents the power of action taken now to have a positive impact on the future.
World Cancer Day: History
World Cancer Day was first observed in the year 1933. The International Cancer Control Association celebrated Cancer Day for the first time in Geneva. On February 4, 2000, World Cancer Day originated at the first World Summit Against Cancer, which was held in Paris. The Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. In this, it was decided that on 4 February every year, this day will be celebrated to spread awareness about cancer. This conference took place in Paris. According to a report, at that time about one crore, two million people were suffering from cancer and every year about 7 lakh people were dying due to cancer.
The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer.
How to celebrate World Cancer Day
To prevent this deadly disease every year on 4 February, government and non-government organizations organize camps, organize lectures and seminars in countries around the world. The general public is also included in these events, so that they can be made aware of this disease. They are also told about the symptoms of different cancers, so that they can be cured by treating them as soon as they see the initial symptoms.
In India too, many types of events are organized by government and non-government organizations regarding cancer. Considering the increasing number of cancer patients in India, Cancer Awareness Day is celebrated at the national level on the 7th of November.
World Cancer Day Quotes
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
~Louisa May Alcott
“My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.”
“Whatever you do, hold on to hope. The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story, that change will bring you to peaceful shores.”
“The experienced mount climber is not intimidated by a mountain – he is inspired by it. The persistent winner is not discouraged by a problem – he is challenged by it. Mountains are created to be conquered; adversities are designed to be defeated; problems are sent to be solved. It is better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills.”
~William Arthur Ward
“Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you just have to be willing to take it.”
“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
World Cancer Day messages
Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind. It cannot touch my heart. And it cannot touch my soul. – JM
To all cancer patients, nothing is impossible. With prayers, love and courage you will win the battle over cancer. Never give up, you will never walk alone. – Shawn
Dear all fighters! You are doing an awesome job! Keep it up! You can do it. Hats off to you. – Phyllis
Cancer can touch you, but not your soul; neither your thoughts, nor your heart.
Fear is the enemy. Cancer is an illness. We are the above enemies if we are strong, confident and spiritful. We are by your side always. You are not alone in this journey.