We’ve all heard of cancer. Whether we’ve heard it from loved ones who are fighting their battles, through class lectures or even TV shows like House or Grey’s Anatomy, we all know that cancer is a viscous condition that impacts our lives in many different ways. For those of us who aren’t actively involved in therapeutic research, we often view cancer as a deadly disease – incurable and unpredictable. While this may hold some truth, there are many ways that you and I can participate in this battle against cancer. Join the global community for World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day is held annually on February 4th as a means to promote cancer research and to address various ways that each individual can contribute to reducing the global burden of cancer. This year is the first of a three-year campaign centered around the motto “We can. I Can.” Using these words, our goal is to “reach and impact” those around us to raise awareness about cancer detection, improve treatment and abolish the stigma surrounding cancer. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has put together a list of how you as an individual can participate and what we as a community can achieve.

Image taken from World Cancer Day Webinar Presentation (http://www.worldcancerday.org/about/background-information)

These are just a few of the many ways we can get involved in World Cancer Day. You don’t need to organize a big event or campaign, although you’re welcome to do so. You could simply be make a conscious decision to walk instead of driving, take one less drink at a party, or even encourage friends and loved ones to get health concerns checked with a doctor. You’d be surprised at what one action or word can do when it comes to fighting against cancer.

For more information on World Cancer Day, check out: http://www.worldcancerday.org/

You may not be comfortable sharing about World Cancer Day orally. Do not fret! Here are some templates and brochures that can be spread through social media: http://www.worldcancerday.org/materials