#WorldCancerDay: A leading international awareness day
World Cancer Day every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we're working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all - no matter who you are or where you live.

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.

This year's World Cancer Day's theme is 'I Am and I Will'

Metastases are a major cause of death from cancer. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. The most common cancers are:
-Lung (2.09 million cases)
-Breast (2.09 million cases)
-Colorectal (1.80 million cases)
-Prostate (1.28 million cases)
-Skin cancer (non-melanoma) (1.04 million cases)
-Stomach (1.03 million cases)

The most common causes of cancer death are cancers of:
-Lung (1.76 million deaths)
-Colorectal (862 000 deaths)
-Stomach (783 000 deaths)
-Liver (782 000 deaths)
-Breast (627 000 deaths)

WHO has released two global reports on the occasion. There are an estimated 1.16 million new cancer cases, 7,84,800 cancer deaths, and 2.26 million 5-year prevalent cases in India’s population of 1.35 billion, said the WHO report on cancer burdens and patterns in India in 2018, released on Monday.

Recent reports suggest cancer incidence in India has doubled in the past two decades. According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the number of cases are likely to be more than 17.3 lakh by 2020.

Tobacco-related cancers account for 34-69 per cent of all cancers in men, and constitute 10-27 per cent of all cancers in women in most regions in India, the report notes.

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cancer
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