The life-taking menace 'Cancer' knows no boundaries and it directly or indirectly affects us during our lifetime. So, everyone has to come forward to say that the cancer victims aren't helpless if the deadly ailment - cancer strikes them and it can be dealt with a firm determination. The World Cancer Day (WCD), observed on every February 4 under the supervision of Union for International Cancer Council (UICC), is the right time to compel to spread the awareness of the most lethal illness 'Cancer' as exponentially as we can.
Why WCD Matters?
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9.6 million people worldwide are estimated to die from cancer in 2018. We can save up to 3.7 million lives per year with by implementing resource-appropriate strategies on prevention. Unless an urgent action is taken to raise an awareness among people, these cancer deaths will rise to 13 million by the year 2030.
WCD primarily aims to significantly cut down 25% deaths caused by cancer by 2025 and encourages educating people about cancer, early detection, treatment and prevention.
The Theme: 2019 – 2021
With the key theme “I Am and I Will”, WCD 2019-2021 three year campaign calling everyone for personal commitment and so that trying to reduce the global burden of cancer. WCD is a chance for you to make a pledge and take an action to fight against cancer.
All governmental, non-governmental organisations and individuals take part by organising awareness programs, rallies, lectures and seminars etc. For you, we have listed a few ideas here. Have a look.
Disseminate WCD messages to your relatives and friends with the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #IAmAndIWill.
Create your own custom poster and share poster over your social networking accounts.
Publish a news article on your website.
Invite a nutritionist to your workplace to introduce employees to healthy eating habits.
Set up a public seminar relayed on a local TV channel, radio and the newspapers.
Put together a media campaign to help raise awareness and educate people.
Mark WCD in your local hospital to cheer up cancer patients.
Organise a healthy breakfast to promote healthy lifestyles, a sports competition/event to promote physical activity and a fundraising event (concert, theatre, exhibition, etc.).Facebook
Create your own cancer society or patient group on social networking sites and an advocacy push to encourage your government to prioritise cancer on the health and development agenda.
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