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World Cancer Day: Global event shines spotlight on cancer awareness

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While many holidays honor special people, historical events, ingenious inventions and momentous occasions, some special days are instrumental in raising awareness about various issues and causes. Feb. 4 is World Cancer Day (WCD), an annual event observed around the world where governments, organizations, businesses and individuals work together to help raise awareness against cancer.

World Cancer Day

The annual event also shines the spotlight on the importance of early prevention and detection while dispelling common misconceptions and myths about cancer.

Various campaigns, fundraisers, walks, festivals and educational events take place worldwide. To date, more than 370 events are currently planned for this year's global event. And once again, the Empire State Building in New York City will light up in blue and orange, the official colors of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the organizer of WCD.


According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 7.6 million people die of cancer every year. Many of those deaths, about one-third, could be prevented. And if the current trend continues, new cancer cases will increase to over 19 million in 2025. Screening and early detection saves lives.

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Feb. 4 is also National Homemade Soup Day and Thank a Mailman Day. And don't forget - Valentine's Day is right around the corner.