Celebrated globally on February 4th, World Cancer Day is a day created to increase awareness about cancer. And to inspire individuals to avoid and diagnose it and begin searching for potential therapies for it. The key aim, though, is to decrease cancer-relating cases of sickness and death by 2020 seriously.
The History of World Cancer Day
The origins of World Cancer Day can be traced to the 1933 Union for International Cancer Prevention, or UICC, all the way back. Created in Geneva, Switzerland, this organization recognized a need to exchange expertise on a global level. In all fields that contribute to cancer, it has sought to advance medical awareness over the years.
They have also helped encourage the establishment of a vast number of various cancer organizations. Also, they have facilitated cooperation with these organizations. They work on three main fields each year:
- The biannual Cancer Conference
- The World Cancer Leader Summit
- The World Cancer Day
At the first World Summit against Cancer, held in Paris, France, in 2000, World Cancer Day’s proposal began. Then, the Charter of Paris against Cancer Agreement was signed by delegates from several worldwide government departments and cancer organizations at this conference. The charter outlined ten separate papers explaining how the global society is devoted to improving cancer patients’ quality of life and seeking an end to cancer. Thus, the World Cancer Day on February 4 took place by the tenth article of this charter.
The Practices & Rituals of World Cancer Day
Health associations, government departments, and cancer advocacy groups that plan camps, awareness campaigns, workshops, and lectures worldwide mainly observe Cancer Day. So, every one can take a part in it by sharing the World Cancer Day news to your friends and relatives, or even on social media. Also, by donating money to cancer treatment projects and engaging in many organized activities on this day, people can be a part of it.
By wearing one of the cancer prevention ribbons, people may also remember this day. One can wear a multi-colored ribbon or lavender ribbon or a striking color ribbon for a particular type of cancer to remember all cancers. However, different ribbon colors, as seen in the chart below, represent multiple cancer types.
The Ribbons for Cancer Awareness
- Amber: Appendix cancer
- Black: Melanoma cancer
- Dark Blue: Colon cancer
- Emerald: Liver cancer
- Gold: Childhood cancer
- Grey: Brain cancer
- Lavender: All cancers
- Light Blue: Prostate cancer
- Multi-colored: All cancers
- Orange: Kidney cancer/Leukemia
- Pink: Breast cancer
- Purple: Bladder cancer
- Purple: Pancreatic cancer
- Teal: Ovarian cancer
- Violet: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- White: Lung cancer/Cervical cancer
- Yellow: Bone Cancer