Review: World Cancer Campaign

Cancer Information, Cancer Websites — By on January 20, 2010 at 7:46 am

WorldCancerCampaignFebruary 4th 2010 is World Cancer Day. Led by UICC and its members with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), this campaign hopes to raise awareness of cancer prevention.

Each year, over 12 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million die of the disease. This coming February, UICC will launch the campaign “Cancer can be prevented too”, focusing on how the risk of developing cancer can significantly be reduced through simple measures:
Stop tobacco use and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke
Limit alcohol consumption
Avoid excessive sun exposure
Maintain a healthy weight, through eating healthily and exercising regularly
Protect against cancer-causing infections

The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) initiated the World Cancer Campaign in 2005 in response to the Charter of Paris of 2000. This is a five-year program, launched on World Cancer Day 2007 and it aims to raise awareness about the ways we can prevent cancer through the choices we make. 2007 introduced the overall theme.

The Charter of Paris chose 4th February as World Cancer Day. Since 2006, UICC has coordinated World Cancer Day activities, supported by members, partners, the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and other international bodies.

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