World Cancer Day- An Overview:
World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February .
World Cancer Day aims to prevent millions of deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action against the disease.
Kerala Academy of Pharmacy continues to expand on the success and impact of the day and is committed to ensuring that year-on-year the event is seen and heard by more people around the state. KAP does this by developing a campaign that serves the different organisational priorities of its members worldwide.
KAP offers tools and guidance to encourage its member organisations to run local cancer awareness campaigns that are aligned and adapted to the global World Cancer Day message.
On an above-state level, KAP works to seize digital, traditional and social media opportunities to raise public awareness of the day.
Kerala academy of pharmacy recognises February 4 as World Cancer Day – but also most importantly as a day to come together to honour and remember everyone affected by cancer, and take action to change the future of cancer forever. KAP wishes to famously establish that this World Cancer Day, as the COVID-19 pandemic enters its third year, those facing cancer are still experiencing delays in diagnosis and treatment, and continuing t o struggle with feelings of anxiety, loneliness and isolation.
Championing the needs of people with cancer and their caregivers has never been more important because cancer doesn’t stop being a life-threatening disease during a pandemic. People with cancer and their caregivers are feeling more anxious, lonely and isolated than ever before as they experience delays in diagnosis and treatment due to COVID-19. And these delays have life-threatening consequences: one study showed that just a 4-week delay in cancer treatment increases the risk of death by 10%. In 2022, the global cancer community commemorates World Cancer Day, on February 4, with the slogan “Close the care gap”.KAP along with the rest of the globe commits to strengthen actions aimed to improve access to quality care, including screening, early detection, treatment and proper care.
Each year on 4 February, World Cancer Day empowers all of us across the world to show support, raise our collective voice, take personal action and press our governments to do more. World Cancer Day is the only day on the global health calendar where we can all unite and rally under the one banner of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.
The importance of World Cancer Day
The global cancer epidemic is huge and is set to rise. Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which 4 million are premature deaths (aged 30 to 69 years). Urgent action needs to be taken to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to address the cancer burden. Global disparities in access to prevention, treatment and palliative care are growing exponentially.
World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds, in the world’s media, and on the global health and development agenda.
World Cancer Day is an initiative by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). UICC is the leading international non-governmental organisation that unites the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
Come , join us at Kerala Academy of pharmacy and let’s together with our key partners and general public, we shall raise maximum awareness to reduce and abolish the impact of cancer and create word of mouth information and create grand awareness against this horrid disease. Let us promote healthy nutrition and stringent treatment measures with great pharmaceutical care for all, who are affected in body mind and soul by this vicious disease. Together, let us unitedly stand against the horror show, we know as cancer and say chorously in a bold manner that your days are numbered , instead of the other way around.