World Cancer Day: #IAmAndIWill 26/01/2021

World Cancer Day 4th Feb

World Cancer Day on the 4th of February is a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness of Cancer and inspires people to take action. Everybody in their lifetime will be affected by cancer in some way, so why not open up the conversation.

“This World Cancer Day, we’re asking for your personal commitment to take positive action against cancer. We believe that we can reduce the number of premature deaths from cancer and non- communicable diseases by one third by 2030 if we all take action today. Join us on 4 February to speak out and stand up for a world less burdened by cancer. Our time to act is now”.
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The Facts

How can you help?

Join the conversation

Spread the word on social media. Find out more in the Social Media Guide at

Use your voice

Start a conversation about cancer with your family, friends, colleagues and networks. Download the Conversation Guide at

Make a social change

Show your family, friends and networks that you’re getting behind World Cancer Day. Update your social media pages with the official World Cancer Day profile cover images. Download the official banners at

Get personal

Create your own custom poster with your own personal message of commitment and share it with the world. Create your poster online at

Give Something

Make a donation to one of the many charities that support people, families and communities affected by Cancer. 

Inform yourself & others

Find out more about cancer, how you can reduce your cancer risks, and the impact it has on the people we love, our communities, and the world. Read about the key issues in cancer at

Advocate for action

Write to your political parties asking them to show their commitment, raise public awareness and take action this World Cancer Day.  Access the email template in the Advocacy Guide at

Join the action

Show your support by showing up. Find an event near you on the Map of Activity, sign up to attend, participate or volunteer. Find an event near you at

Spread the word

Write an op-ed, blog story, record a video message, feature World Cancer Day on your website, an article in your newsletter, or reach out to a local journalist.

Look out for the signs

Prevent the causes

“At least one third of cancers are preventable giving us every reason to champion healthy choices and prevention strategies for all, so that we have the best chance to prevent and reduce our cancer risks”.

Choosing your health 

Although not all cancers are preventable, the many that are, are linked to our lifestyle choices. According to WHO (World Health Organisation), at least one-third of common cancers are preventable through a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. 


Taking the huge step to quit smoking can reduce the risk of cancer greatly. The use of tobacco has been found to cause around 15 different types of cancers (lung, liver, stomach, bowel and Ovarian), as well as some types of leukaemia.


Reducing and limiting your alcohol intake can reduce your risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, oesophagus, bowel and breast, it could also reduce the risk of liver and bowel cancers. 


Maintaining a healthy weight and making physical activity part of your everyday life can help reduce the risk of ten cancers (bowel, breast, uterine, ovarian, pancreatic, oesophagus, kidney, liver, advanced prostate and gallbladder). 

Ultraviolet Radiation

No matter where you live or your skin tone, moderate exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun and the avoidance of tanning beds and solariums can reduce your risk of skin cancer. Staying under the shade, covering up your skin and avoiding prolonged periods of exposure to the sun are some ways to help protect yourself.  

Workplace Hazards

Some people may have increased exposure to cancer-causing substances due to their work. E.g. Within the Chemical dye industry, people who work with asbestos etc. 

Get Vaccinated

If you have the option to be vaccinated go for it! Chronic infections are estimated to cause 16% of all cancers globally. Some of the most common forms of cancers such as liver, cervical and stomach cancers are associated with infections with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the human papillomavirus (HPV), and the bacterium Helicobacter pylori virus (H, pylori), respectively. Today, there are safe and effective vaccines against HBV and HPV, which can help to protect against the infection-related cancers of liver and cervical cancers. 

“As individuals we can take responsibility for our health, including getting vaccinated and reminding others to get vaccinated, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, avoiding alcohol, tobacco and excessive/prolonged sun exposure”. 

Educate Yourself

Images Courtesy of: World Cancer Day Campaign Material by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

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