World Cancer Day 2016
On: February 04
Theme: “ We Can. I Can ”
World Cancer Day (WCD) 2016 was observed across the world on 4 February 2016. The day was observed with year’s theme – We can. I can . World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. The tagline of the theme reflects on what you can do and asks to make a pledge and take action and make a difference in fight against cancer. The World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.
It also aims at saving millions of preventable deaths each year. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years) .
#About World Cancer Day :
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 the day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020. Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) founded in 1933 and based in Geneva is a leading international non- governmental organisation. It has a membership of over 800 organisations across 155 countries. Moreover, it is a founding member of the NCD Alliance, a global civil society network that now represents almost 2000 organisations in 170 countries.
#Cancer in India :
With more than 1,300 persons succumbing to cancer every day, it has become one of the major causes of death occurring in the country due to
communicable and life-style ailments, followed by tuberculosis . As per data of the National Cancer
Registry Programme of the India Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the estimated mortality
rate due to cancer saw an increase of six per cent
approximately between 2012 and 2014. There has been close to 5 lakh deaths due to cancer in the
country in 2014.
Large number of ageing population, unhealthy lifestyles, use of tobacco and tobacco products, unhealthy diets, lack of diagnostic facilities, etc. are some of the factors that can be attributed to the increase in the number of cancer deaths.
The government has approved a scheme in 2013-14 for enhancing the specialised consultative care for cancer in the country and guidelines for strengthening of the facilities were circulated to the states in January 2014.