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World Cancer Day 2019: I am and I will

World Cancer Day, officially organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated each year on 4 February, is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer. On World Cancer Day, WHO acknowledges the role of all stakeholders to strengthen coordination and health systems in cancer control, working toward a future of healthy lives for all.

This year’s theme, “I can, we can” acknowledges that everyone has the capacity to address the cancer burden. We can work together to reduce cancer risk factors. We can overcome barriers to early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. We can work together to improve cancer control and achieve global targets to reduce premature mortality from cancer and NCDs.

Although, 17 people dies every minute from Cancer, the estimated number of deaths due to the same in 2018 was 9.5 million, following the recent reports, which amounts to a whopping 26,000 deaths a day and the number is expected to increase as environmental stresses increase, air quality worsens, lifestyles and eating habits too! In 2015, 8.8 million people died from cancer, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Globally, common challenges to cancer control are delays in cancer diagnosis and inaccessible treatment. Even in countries with strong health systems and services, many cancer cases are diagnosed at a late-stage, when they are harder to treat successfully. 

In 2005, 7.6 million people died of cancer. More than 70% of those deaths occured in low and middle income countries.

WHO has developed a series of six modules that provides practical advice for programme managers and policy-makers on how to advocate, plan and implement effective cancer control programmes, particularly in low and middle income countries. The WHO guide is a response to the World Health Assembly resolution on cancer prevention and control (WHA58.22), adopted in May 2005, which calls on Member States to intensify action against cancer by developing and reinforcing cancer control programmes.

I am and I Will

It is a campaign built to resonate, inspire change and mobilise action long after the day has passed. The theme for World Cancer Day 2019 is – ‘I am and I will’.  Thus, 2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. World Cancer Day.

In short, Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world. It’s time to make a personal commitment, I am and I will. It is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

So there are many Themes provided by with the Government to eradicate the Cancer Disease. They are as follows:

1) The theme of the World Cancer Day in the year 2007 was “Tomorrow’s World, Today’s Children”.

2) World Cancer Day Theme 2008 was “Provide Young people and Children with a Disease free environment”.

3) The theme of the World Cancer Day in the year 2009 was “I love a Healthy and active Childhood”.

4) A theme for the World Cancer Day in the year was 2010 “Vaccinations for preventing liver Cancer which is due to virus”.

5) The theme for the World Cancer Day in the year 2011 was “Teachings to the Teenagers and Children to limit their Sun Exposure by becoming SunSmart”.

6) The theme for the World Cancer Day in the year 2012 was “It is possible with togetherness”.

7) The theme for the World Cancer Day in the year 2013 was “Did you know Cancer?”.

8) The theme for the World Cancer Day in the year 2014 was “Myths the Debunk”.

9) The theme for the World Cancer Day in the year 2015 was “Not ahead of us”.

10) The theme for the World Cancer Day in the year 2016, 2017 and 2018 are “I can. We can”.

11) The theme for the world Cancer Day in the year 2019-21 are “I am and I will”.

There are many people who are used to carry out many tasks and ideas to cultivate a better life of the Cancer patient to make them more stable and healthy as they were before the Cancer Disease. People are more able to tolerate the things of listening to the people who tell bad things about Cancer.

There are many Myths and Facts that people have in their mind about Cancer Disease. People generally think that the Cancer people are almost 30 per cent of the people which are Cancer Patient gets cure and rest of all are incurable.

People also think that Cancer tissues are Healthy, but they are a week. Some people think that people suffering from the Cancer are untreatable, but today some Cancers are treatable and curable. Some people think that Cancer is a Disease which is effected to only Old and Wealthy people, but it can affect every people.

Such multi-year campaign offers a chance to create long-lasting impact by increasing public-facing exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and impact-driven action..

According to current evidence, between 30% and 50% of cancer deaths could be prevented by modifying or avoiding key risk factors, including avoiding tobacco products, reducing alcohol consumption, maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly and addressing infection-related risk factors.

Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes – are the biggest cause of death worldwide.

More than 36 million die annually from NCDs (63% of global deaths), including 14 million people who die too young before the age of 70. More than 90% of these premature deaths from NCDs occur in low- and middle-income countries, and could have largely been prevented. Most premature deaths are linked to common risk factors, namely tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.

To strengthen national efforts to address the burden of NCDs, the 66th World Health Assembly endorsed the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 (resolution WHA66.10). The global action plan offers a paradigm shift by providing a road map and a menu of policy options for Member States, WHO, other UN organizations and intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the private sector which, when implemented collectively between 2013 and 2020, will attain 9 voluntary global targets, including that of a 25% relative reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025.

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