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World Cancer Day being observed on February 4
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and about 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.
FOUNDED BY the International Union against Cancer (UICC), the World Cancer Day (WCD) is observed on February 4 each year since 2000. The purpose of the observance is to create and raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, early detection, and timely treatment.
 
The UICC is a global consortium of more than 350 cancer-fighting organisations in over 100 countries. According to the UICC, 40% of cancers can be prevented through these healthy behaviors like providing a smoke-free environment for children; being physically active, eat a balanced, healthy diet, and avoid obesity; and avoiding over-exposure to the sun. And, this year's WCD theme is "Teach children and teenagers to avoid UV exposure by being 'sun smart'."
  
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and about 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.
 
The WHO supports UICC in promoting the ways to ease the global burden of cancer leading to prevention of cancer and raising quality of life for cancer patients.
  
The joint message of UICC, Association of European Cancer Leagues and European Cancer Organisation on the occasion is: "Prevention is an important way to reduce the cancer risk. Research highlights that one-third of cancer deaths can be avoided through prevention and another third through early detection and treatment. Thus there is a great need for reinforced political dialogue and better coordination of measures and resources for cancer prevention initiatives in order to combat the cancer burden."
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