SOURCE: American Cancer Society
February 4, 2012 /3BL Media/ - What if the entire world joined forces to fight cancer? February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.
One of the most visible events marking the occasion in the United States will be in New York, where the Empire State Building will be lit blue and orange on Monday, February 4, for the third year in a row. The colors are those of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which organizes World Cancer Day.
Every year, 7.6 million lives are lost to cancer worldwide – more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined – according to the UICC.
This year the UICC will focus on dispelling damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer, under the tagline “Cancer - Did you know?” The organization will use World Cancer Day to improve knowledge about cancer and dismiss these 4 myths:
Follow the events on Twitter using hashtag #WorldCancerDay.
Around the world, communities will hold film screenings, seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through screening and early detection, through healthy eating and physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging public officials to make cancer issues a priority.
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