is celebrated as
World Cancer Day 2016 to raise awareness about the risks involved in cancer
Cancer Statistics in
Cancer incidences are set to rise during the
next few years.
- From 979.786 cases in 2010 it will go up to
1,148,757 cases in 2020
- Tobacco-related cancer in males
will go up to 225,241 in 2020
- Gynaecological-related cancers will rise to 182,602 in 2020
The rise in the number of cancer cases
over the last century and the subsequent expected rise require active participation in controlling incidences. The
number of deaths due to
been increasing due to existing misconceptions and lack of awareness that still
exists among many.
‘Cancer incidence will rise up to 1,148,757 cases in 2020, stressing the need for better awareness and care.’
The theme for World Cancer Day 2016
is 'We Can, I Can" and this theme
that will extend for another couple of years.
As part of the "We Can" measure
collective action is encouraged by society at large to partake in activities
which could actively support the cause of cancer.
support causes that could prevent premature death or better screening
- Raise awareness in schools and
other educational institutions about cancer
- Improve social environment, making
it hygienic and disease free
- Work with fellow minds to
strengthen resolve against cancer
- Bring about change in legislation
to promote cancer care
As part of the 'I Can" measure
individual people can work towards cancer support and care
care - everyone should learn to lead a healthy lifestyle. Most people fail to
look after their health, while being extra cautious about the health of family.
- Go for regular check-ups
- Try to lead a normal life- There is no point brooding. Even if a close
family member is affected, it is important to remain positive.
- Speak out about challenges faced and ways they can be avoided. This
would benefit many people.
- Get back to work- Work will take
the focus off from the disease and encourage normalcy
Some of the special gestures by celebrities
and teams for this world cancer day:
- The South African cricket team will be
sporting pink pants and shirt for the one day International game against
England on February 12th 2016. They hope to raise one million Rand
through donations that will be used for mammography and other diagnostic testing.
- Celebrities from around the world, Nicole Scherzinger and
Craig David, amongst others, will wear unity bands to support the cause
- Milind Soman, Model turned actor, organizes marathons across India
called pinkathon to raise awareness about breast cancer.
- The South Shield's town hall will
turn purple on Thursday for World Cancer Day 2016.
- A special event at Abu Dhabi will mark World Cancer Day 2016
for UAE's cancer patient care group.
The increased awareness and education is
expected to lower deaths due to cancer and encourage early detection. Many
people in developing countries are unaware about the options available and the
course of treatment, reaching these people would benefit cancer support and