World Cancer Day
1.5 million lives lost to cancer each year could be saved, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced today.
These lived could be saved if decisive measures are taken to achieve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ‘25 by 25’ target to reduce premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025, they argued.
World Cancer Day is being celebrated today, with a particular focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration, the UICC argued, which aims to dispel damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer under the tagline “Cancer - Did you know?” It is an opportunity for cancer patients to raise their voices and further inform people of the common misconceptions related to cancer, a UICC statement read.
Currently, 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide each year, 4 million of whom die prematurely. A representative from the UICC said that unless urgent action is taken to raise awareness about the disease and to develop practical strategies to address cancer, by 2025, this number is projected to increase to an alarming 6 million premature cancer deaths per year.