Today is World Cancer Day, 2009

February 4th, 2009 - 1:56 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Every year, World Cancer Day is marked on February 4.

This day is to acknowledge the increasing impact of cancer on people around the world and also the efforts to improve cancer prevention, treatment and care. Cancer is one of the leading cause of death around the globe. World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.

4th February is is led by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) a global consortium of more than 280 cancer-fighting organizations in over 90 countries. According to UICC ,each year, more than 11 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed, and more than 7 million people die from cancer ;over 70 per cent of them in low and middle-income countries.

Each year on 4 February, WHO joins with the sponsoring International Union Against Cancer to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer. Preventing cancer and raising quality of life for cancer patients are recurring themes.

The campaign emphasizes that 43% of cancers can be prevented by following:

* Provide a smoke-free environment for children
* Be physically active, eat a balanced, healthy diet, and avoid obesity
* Learn about vaccines for virus-related liver and cervical cancers
* Avoid over-exposure to the sun

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