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World Cancer Day
Posted 03 Feb 2021 12:09 PM

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World Cancer Day

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 is led 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 and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer. The day is observed by the United Nations.

World Cancer Day targets misinformation, raises awareness and reduces stigma. 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. Images of participants are then shared all over social media. Hundreds of events around the world also take place.

World Cancer Day was established on 4 February 2000 at the World Cancer Summit against Cancer for the New Millenium, which was held in Paris.

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