UN Observance: World Cancer Day, February 4

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“Since cancer knows no boundaries, and individual countries cannot address the challenges of cancer in isolation, a new co-operative approach to research, advocacy, prevention and treatment must be established.” Article 10, Charter of Paris, 4 February 2000.

This pledge for the future, claimed during the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millenium in Paris 17 years ago, illustrates the will for a greater cooperation between countries, to cure the development of cancer throughout the World. Since then, on February 4th of each year, a World Cancer Day is organized, to revive this Charter of Paris, and highlight what still needs to be done against this disease, causing 8 million deaths each year.

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Promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), this day aims to raise awareness about this disease which is still rising, with an expected 13 million deaths by 2030. To fight this projection, the 2013 World Cancer Declaration of the UICC, implemented 9 targets to achieve by 2025, which have already been signed by more than 500,000 people. The UICC estimates that 600,000 cancer deaths can be avoided each month, thanks to an increase in government support and funds.

Although the Paris Charter was signed by nearly 20 countries in 2000, World Cancer Day is today a worldwide event. February 4 is the opportunity to advocate for the need to upgrade services provided to the patients, sensitize the common opinion, and mobilize the global community. Nowadays, the disease can be cured thanks to early detection, and even prevented, through sport and/or a healthy diet, as life behavioral is responsible for about 20 to 40% of cancer deaths.

This year, the tagline “We can, I can” invites you to be part of the global community!

On February 4, join one of the numerous events organized in every country, whether they be conferences, sports meetings, fundraising actions… And if you can’t join the community, you can still spread the word on social medias, using one of the materials created for this occasion, and hashtags, #WorldCancerDay and #WecanIcan!

For more information, please visit: http://www.worldcancerday.org/

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