World Cancer Day is recognized each year on February 4th to unite the world in the fight against cancer. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.
Research suggests that around one-third of cancer deaths or more may be preventable. Some of the best ways to prevent different types of cancer include:
- Quitting smoking, or don’t start
- Avoiding tanning, especially in tanning beds
- Getting the HPV vaccine and (for women) a PAP smear according to age-appropriate recommendations
- Eating a healthy diet and exercising
Certain cancers can be detected before symptoms are present. Click here to learn about some common types of cancer screening. Your risk of cancer can be reduced with healthy lifestyle choices. Click here to learn more about cancer prevention.
Clinical trials are another important tool in the fight against cancer. By researching potential new treatments, tests, and prevention tools we increase our knowledge of how to effectively fight cancer. Learn more about cancer clinical trials with the National Cancer Institute.
Learn more at worldcancerday.org