February 4, 2019

Written by: Miral Ishfaq

Forman Christian College, Lahore


World cancer day is celebrated every year on 4th February to pay tribute to all the efforts done by the WHO, United Nations, governmental and nongovernmental health organizations towards making a program to fight against cancer and other epidemics just as appropriating the real message about this pestilence ailment and its medicines including its prudent steps by joining every one of the general population a day on worldwide premise.

Amid the occasion festivity, individuals are focused to let them thought about the hazard factors causing cancer, for example, tobacco use, overweight, less or no physical action, liquor use, sexual transmission of HPV-contamination, urban zones air contamination, indoor smoke, hereditarily chance variables, overexposure to sunlight and so forth. Individuals get aware about the vaccination against the human papilloma infection and hepatitis B infection.


World Cancer Day celebration was planned in the Geneva, Switzerland in 1933 under the direction of UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) and with the support various other well-known cancer societies, research institutes, treatment centers, and patient groups. The World Cancer day event was founded to spread awareness among people to combat this deadly disease.

As indicated by the report it has been noticed that more than 12.7 million are determined to have the disease just as individuals in excess of 7 million are dying of cancer every day. The day was planned to spare millions of lives from cancer just as well as train individuals to check its manifestations, pursue its preventive measures and gets saved from the risk of this epidemic ( Layman is the main focus of this campaign to get more control over cancer.


It is celebrated to:

  • Spread awareness among people about the precautionary measures and risk factors so that it can be cured at its early stage.
  • To remove the myths present in the mind of common people.
  • To make aware people about its symptoms, causes and treatment etc
  • To send a message to people that they should maintain a healthy lifestyle, balanced diet and regular physical activities in order to prevent them from cancer.
  • To make people aware that they should treat cancer patients like normal people who do not possess any disease.
  • Many deaths can be avoided with increased governmental support and funding for detection, prevention, and treatment of cancer.
  • To support the family of the victim.


According to the statistics, it has been noted that most of the cancer cases and cancer deaths (47% and 55% respectively) occur in less developed areas of the world. If it is not controlled, this condition may get worse by 2030. So, it is very necessary to get control over such a situation at all the corners of the world. It is important to highlight such events so that a sense of positive attitude is created among people towards cancer patients.