On February 4th is World Cancer Day. The World Cancer Organization (UICC) launched this day in 2007 to raise awareness of various cancers. This year, the focus lies in particular on the prevention and early detection of cancer. In addition, people will be informed about diagnostic, therapeutic and follow-up options.
People who exercise regularly in everyday life contribute a large part to cancer prevention.
More than 12 million people worldwide are diagnosed with cancer, from which 8,000 die as a result. According to estimates, the majority of these cancers can be avoided if people lead a healthy lifestyle. This includes sufficient exercise at normal bodyweight, no smoking, little or no alcohol consumption and adequate protection against UV radiation.
The World Cancer Organization (UICC) is providing information not only on the increasing number of cancer patients, but also on the four widespread but erroneous hypotheses. The first hypothesis states that cancer should not be discussed, the second that there are no warning signs for the early detection of the disease. In addition, many people believe that nothing can be done against cancer and that patients don`t need any help. The organization wants to inform both individuals and governments about cancer, while encouraging them to take action to prevent cancer in the future.
Together with various national and international member organisations, associations and societies, UICC is offering numerous fundraisers, conferences, workshops, social media campaigns and other hands-on activities this year under the motto: "I AM AND I WILL". Find out more on the UICC website.
A special event is the "Global Relay for Life", which UICC organizes annually as part of World Cancer Day and which takes place in more than 20 countries. People who are interested can take part in a 24-hour relay race and thus set an example in the fight against cancer. Photos for social networks under the hashtags #relayforlife are taken. Furthermore workshops, showacts and food supply are offered.
Would you also like to support UICC in raising awareness of the enormous importance of cancer prevention and treatment? Then join the social media campaigns and set a sign in the fight against cancer by using the hashtags #cancer #WorldCancerDay and #IAmAndIWill.