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World Cancer Day 2012

Article date: January 31, 2012

What if the entire world joined forces to fight cancer? February 4th is World Cancer Day, a time when organizations and individuals around the world send a message: Ending cancer should be a global health priority.

One of the most visible events marking the occasion in the United States will be in New York, where the Empire State Building will be lit blue and orange on the evening of Friday, February 3, for the second year in a row.

You can show your support by “lighting” your Facebook and/or Twitter profile photo blue and orange. The colors are those of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which organizes World Cancer Day.


Every year, 7.6 million lives are lost to cancer worldwide – more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined – according to the UICC.

The UICC has themed World Cancer Day 2012, “Together it is possible” because, it says, if every person, organization, and government worked together, the world would be able to significantly reduce premature deaths from cancer.

On February 4th, communities around the world will hold film screenings, seminars, public information campaigns and other events to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through screening and early detection, through healthy eating and physical activity, by quitting smoking, and by urging public officials to make cancer issues a priority.

Reviewed by: Members of the ACS Medical Content Staff

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