World Cancer Day, occurring every February 4, seeks to raise international awareness, improve education, and spark government action. Since cancer affects such a large percentage of the population, this day of recognition and activism is an important one to observe. With the ultimate goal of reducing cancer’s devastating effects by one-third by 2030, Chai Urgent Care joins other participating healthcare organizations and providers for a closer look at World Cancer Day’s roots and noble aims. Whether you or someone you love has been affected by cancer or you want to support better health for all, join us in learning more about the domestic and global effects of cancer.
The Impact of Cancer
Cancer refers to the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells in plants and animals. In 2019 alone, researchers anticipated 1,762,450 new cases of cancer in the United States alone. Hundreds of thousands of deaths were also projected, making activism a greater need than ever before.
Importantly, about one-third of common cancers are preventable. Many are also treatable, especially when detected early on. According to the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), 3.7 million lives could be saved each year if resource-appropriate prevention, detection, and treatment strategies were implemented. However, preventable cancer deaths continue to occur, necessitating the activism that World Cancer Day calls for.
What is World Cancer Day?
World Cancer Day is an annual, international awareness day that was created by the UICC. This movement seeks to unite all people under the goal of reducing cancer’s global impact. World Cancer Day’s most recent theme, “I Am and I Will,” was implemented at the beginning of last year, underscoring individual people, like you, and their commitment to act. With 62 governments engaged and 947 activities hosted in 127 countries just last year, it’s clear that everyone can get behind the goals of World Cancer Day. Created in 2000, this awareness day is nearing its 20th anniversary, and with two decades of activism and counting, World Cancer Day continues to gain momentum each year.
As a part of their “I Am and I Will” theme, the UICC provides ways for you to take action depending on how much time you have to spare. Activism can include creating social media posts, lighting up a landmark, translating World Cancer Day materials, attending an event, and even more. On this World Cancer Day, the team at Chai Urgent Care encourages you to take action, whether you choose to write a post, make a poster, or create your own event. As this awareness day attests, when we each do our part, we can make a positive impact that can affect the whole world.
Fight Cancer with Chai Urgent Care
Early screening is crucial to the successful treatment and prevention of many types of cancer. Since many are asymptomatic in the early stages of their development, Chai Urgent Care reminds all our patients of just how important it is for individuals with a family history of cancer or other risk factors to receive regular cancer screenings. If you’ve noticed new, persistent symptoms that don’t lessen over time, stop by one of our many locations across New York and New Jersey to speak with a doctor and determine if you could be at risk. For more information about screenings, our services, and how you can support World Cancer Day, contact us now.