4th February – World Cancer Day


Every year World Cancer Day is marked on 4th February to increase awareness of cancer. The main goal of World Cancer Day is to encourage cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is a leading cause of death all over the world.

Smoking, poor diet, sedentary lifestyles, use of tobacco, consumption of alcohol, overweight, and obesity are the measure risk factors for cancer.

Use of tobacco causes to a large number of cancers includes lung, oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, esophageal, pancreas, bladder, kidney, cervix, stomach, and acute myeloid leukemia cancers.

Consumption of alcohol also leads to mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophageal, liver, breast and pancreas cancers.

Overweight and obesity have also increased the risk of bowel, breast, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, esophagus, and kidney and gallbladder cancers.

To fight against cancer, it is essential to maintain a healthy diet, healthy weight and being physically active. Many initiatives run on this day to support cancer affected people.

The theme of World Cancer Day 2016 – 2018 is ‘We can. I can.

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