Celebrate World Cancer Day on February 4, 2022

Cancer signs and symptoms

Cancer - we're all way too familiar with this scary word and have all been touched by this awfull disease in one manner or another. But what exactly is it? Can it be prevented? What research and actions are being taken to treat and cure cancer?

Cancer, as defined by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), is a disease which occurs when changes in a group of normal cells within the body lead to uncontrolled, abnormal growth forming a lump called a tumour; this is true of all cancers except leukaemia (cancer of the blood). If left untreated, tumours can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of the body via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems, and can affect the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems or release hormones that may affect body function.

Key Cancer Facts:

  • 10 million people die from cancer every year.
  • At least one third of common cancers are preventable.
  • Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide.
  • 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
  • Millions of lives could be saved each year by implementing resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.
  • The total annual economic cost of cancer is estimated at US$1.16 trillion.

World Cancer Day was first launched on February 4, 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris - and now takes place on February 4th each year. The purpose behind World Cancer Day is to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilize the global community to make progress against cancer - and there are a couple ways that you can help do all of those things:

  1. Join us in raising awareness on World Cancer Day! The UICC has created a whole library of resources you can use at: https://www.worldcancerday.org/materials  

  2. Donate & raise money for nonprofits who are dedicated to cancer research, prevention, patient services, advocacy, and resources for those dealing with cancer. America's Charities is proud of the work our member charities do in these respective areas. One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support these nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.) Click below on each charity's name to learn more about their work, and please donate to them through employee giving!