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World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer[1] and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.[2]

World Cancer Day
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Also calledWCD
Observed byUN Members
ObservancesAwareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention
Date4 February
Next time4 February 2020 (2020-02-04)

World Cancer Day targets misinformation,[3] raises awareness, and reduces stigma.[4] Multiple initiatives are run on World Cancer Day to show support for those affected by cancer. One of these movements are #NoHairSelfie, a global movement to have "hairticipants" shave their heads either physically or virtually to show a symbol of courage for those undergoing cancer treatment.[5] Images of participants are then shared all over social media. Hundreds of events around the world also take place[6].


World Cancer Day themesEdit

In 2016, World Cancer Day started a three-year campaign under the tagline of 'We can. I can.', which explored the power of collective and individual actions to reduce the impact of cancer.[7] Prior to 2016, the campaign themes included "Not Beyond Us" (2015) and "Debunk the Myths" (2014).

2019 will be the start of a new campaign theme.

Year Theme
2019 - 2021 'I Am and I Will.'[8]
2016 - 2018 'We can. I can.'
2015 Not Beyond Us[9]
2014 Debunk the Myths[10]
2013 Cancer Myths - Get the Facts [11]
2012 Together let's do something[12]
2011 Cancer can be prevented[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "World Cancer Day 2013 One-Pager (English)". UICC. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  2. ^ "World Cancer Day". World Health Organization. Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  3. ^ Szabo, Liz (3 February 2013). "World Cancer Day targets myths, spreads message". USA Today. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  4. ^ Gander, Kashmira (4 February 2016). "World Cancer Day: Why is the disease still a taboo?". The Independent. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  5. ^ Wheeler, Brad (27 January 2016). "Three international productions, including Scotland's The James Plays, to headline Luminato 2016". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  6. ^ "WCD | We Can. I Can". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  7. ^ "World Cancer Day 2016-2018 | WCD". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
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  9. ^ "World Cancer Day 2015: 'Not Beyond Us' Campaign launched! | UICC". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  10. ^ "World Cancer Day 2014: Debunk the myths! | UICC". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  11. ^ "» Cancer Myths – Get the Facts on World Cancer Day – 4 Feb 2013 | CANSA – The Cancer Association of South Africa". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  12. ^ "World Cancer Day: "Stand Up To Cancer!" and End Mesothelioma and other Asbestos-Caused Cancers - ADAO - Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization". Retrieved 2018-09-09.
  13. ^ "WHO | World Cancer Day 2011". Retrieved 2018-09-09.

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