World Cancer Day 2021: Understanding The Theme, History And Myths That Needs To Be Busted

World Cancer Day is annually observed on February 4 to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surround the disease that is the second leading cause of deaths globally.


World Cancer Day 2021 aims to spread awareness, encourage change and reduce cancer’s global effects. The day is celebrated on 4th February every year and this year marks the ultimate year of the ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign which began in 2019.

The aim of celebrating World Cancer Day is to reduce cancer myths and to help people get the right facts about it. It also creates an opportunity to have an impact on the enhancement of the lives of cancer patients and survivors.

Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Lung, breast, cervical, head and neck and colorectal cancers are the top cancers that affect the Indian population (CRC). Knowing each type of cancer and how it affects the body is crucial. Everyone comes together on World Cancer Day with an agenda to create a better and brighter cancer-free world.

World Cancer Day 2021Theme 

‘I Am and I Will’ is the theme for World Cancer Day 2021. It’s a multi-year campaign that started in 2019. It is an inspiring call-to-action for personal engagement, which also reflects the influence of action now taken to have a positive effect on the future. It focuses on ‘together, all our actions matter.’

World Cancer Day History

World Cancer Day was originated at the first World Summit Against Cancer in 2000. It was held in Paris and was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) study, 1 in 10 Indians have cancer and nearly 16 million cases of the disease are reported annually. Meanwhile, every year, 1 out of 6 people worldwide lose their lives due to cancer. It is an initiative initiated by the Union for International Control of Cancer (UICC). To spread awareness of the life-threatening disease, this day is observed annually.

The theme ‘I am and I will’ this year spreads the empowering message that cancer patients have the courage to combat this life-threatening disease.

Freedom From Fear of Cancer

When you hear the word Cancer, three things come to your mind — death, treatment cost and the quality of life after the treatment.

Dr Rahul Bhargava, Director & Head, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram is says, “There is a new medication can be taken orally, and thanks to medicines, people have been able to live a long even after being diagnosed with cancer”.

Take care of your health. You must be aware of the fact that 80% of cancers can be cured, if diagnosed early.

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