February 4 2015: World Cancer Day

February 4th is World Cancer Day. This year the tagline is ‘Not beyond us’.

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

World Cancer Day 2015 aims to take a positive and proactive approach to the fight against cancer, highlighting that solutions do exist across the continuum of cancer care, and that they are within our reach.

Key Campaign Messages

Choosing Healthy Lives
Reducing the social and environmental risk factors for cancer and empowering people to make healthy choices, are key components to achieving the global overarching goal of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025 and reaching the aspirational targets of the World Cancer Declaration.

Delivering Early Detection
Ensuring the availability of, and access to, early detection programmes for cancer can significantly reduce the cancer burden in all countries.

Achieving Treatment For All
All people have the right to access quality, effective cancer treatment and services on equal terms, regardless of geography and without suffering economic hardship as a consequence.

Maximising Quality Of Life
Understanding and responding to the full impact of cancer on emotional, mental and physical wellbeing will maximise the quality of life for patients, their families and carers.

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Link to Factsheet 1: Making Healthy Life choices:


Link to Factsheet 2: Early Detection:


Link to Factsheet 3: Treatment for all:


Link to Factsheet 4: Quality of Life:


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