World Cancer Day, observed on February 4th, is a day dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public on the impact of cancer worldwide. This year's theme marks the second year of the campaign “close the care gap” which is about understanding the inequities in cancer care and taking actions to make the necessary progress to address them.
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death globally, with over 9 million people losing their lives to the disease each year. Despite progress in early detection, treatment and research, cancer continues to pose a major threat to global health.
Governments, non-profit organizations, and individuals around the world are joining forces to observe World Cancer Day, which is a part of a larger campaign to reduce the global burden of cancer. Many organizations are hosting events, campaigns and initiatives aimed at raising awareness and funds to support cancer research and treatment.
"We are making progress in the fight against cancer, but there is still much more work to be done," said Dr. Maria Da Graca Pimentel, a leading cancer expert. "On World Cancer Day, we must come together to raise awareness, educate, and take action to ensure that everyone has access to quality care and treatment."
The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on cancer patients and the healthcare system, with many patients facing delayed diagnoses, treatments and surgeries. On this World Cancer Day, health officials are urging individuals to continue following public health measures and prioritize their health, especially those with underlying medical conditions such as cancer.
In addition to raising awareness, World Cancer Day is also an opportunity for individuals to make a personal pledge to take action and make a difference in the fight against cancer. This can include things like regular check-ups, practicing a healthy lifestyle, supporting research and treatment initiatives, and volunteering for local organizations.
"This World Cancer Day, let us come together and make a difference," said Dr. Pimentel. "We all have a role to play in the fight against cancer, and together, we can make a real impact."