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February 4 – World Cancer Day

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World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 every year since 2008 to raise awareness of cancer among the people and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control. The theme for 2015 World Cancer Day is Not Beyond Us.

As per the info from the official website, this year campaign will be articulated around four key areas of focus:

  • Choosing healthy lives
  • Delivering early detection
  • Achieving treatment for all
  • Maximizing quality of life

Knowledge is Wealth

  • What is Cancer? – Cancer is nothing but a disease which is characterized by uncontrolled multiplication of cells. In our body cells form, they divide, and after some point of time they die. It is a cycle. Technically it is called Apoptosis – Programmed Cell Death. When the cycle breaks, cancer begins to form. This cancer cells do not undergo Apoptosis. Rather they grow continuously and divide in an uncontrollable manner.
  • It is estimated that there will be 1.5 lakhs of new cases of breast cancer in the year 2015 and about more than seventy five thousand women in India are expected to die of the disease.
  • The cancers that frequently affect men are prostate, colon, lung, and skin cancers.
  • Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world. It is responsible for 22% of cancer deaths.
  • In India, Cancer is the second biggest cause of death, growing at 11% annually.