World Cancer Day 2021 - Date, Theme, Inspirational Quotes and More

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World Cancer Day is a movement that started in 2000 with an agenda to spread awareness, inspire change and reduce the global impact of cancer. And like every year the whole world is ready to celebrate World Cancer Day 2021. In this article on World Cancer Day, we are trying to create awareness about the disease as well put light on this campaign and its motto.

World Cancer Day campaign started with the motto o reduce misconceptions about cancer and to help people in getting the right information and much-required knowledge. Cancer ranks as the second leading cause of death globally. And Indian population is affected mostly by cancer in lung, breast, cervical, head and neck, and colorectal cancer.

World Cancer Day is a step towards achieving a healthier and brighter world free of cancer. To know more about the disease and the campaign keep reading!


World Cancer Day Date

World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4th of February every year across the world. On this day people gather to spread awareness about each type of cancer and how it impacts the body. This campaign started in 2000 and like every other year on 4th February 2021, the world will celebrate 21st World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day 2021 Theme

The theme for World Cancer Day 2021 is 'I Am and I Will.' It is a multi-year campaign that began in 2019 and this year will mark the last year. It represents an empowering call-to-action urging personal commitment, and also represents the power of action taken now to have a positive impact on the future. It focuses on 'together, all our actions matter.'

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a life-threatening disease that is caused by uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells which results in the formation of a lump called a tumor. Tumors can grow and spread to the surrounding tissues when they are left untreated. The spread takes place via the bloodstream and lymphatic systems and can affect the digestive, nervous and circulatory systems or release hormones that may affect body function.

Types of cancers

  • Carcinoma - Cancer that starts in the skin or the tissues that line other organs.

  • Sarcoma - Cancer of connective tissues such as bones, muscles, cartilage, and blood vessels.

  • Leukemia - Cancer of bone marrow, which creates blood cells.

  • Lymphoma - Cancer of Immune System.

  • Brain and spinal cord cancers - Cancer of Central Nervous System.

Causes of cancer

Here I have listed some common causes of cancer which you must know. The causes are divided into controllable and non-controllable. Controllable causes can be prevented by adapting to a proper lifestyle but non-controllable causes are unavoidable. 

Controllable Causes of Cancer

  • Being overweight or obese - Obesity is found to be linked to an increased risk of developing 12 different cancers, including bowel and pancreatic cancers.

  • Diet and nutrition - Particularly Diets like high in red meats, processed meats, salted foods and low in fruits and vegetables have an impact on cancer risks

  • Tobacco Consumption - Tobacco smoke contains at least 80 different cancer-causing substances (carcinogenic agents). When smoke is inhaled the chemicals enter the lungs, pass into the bloodstream, and are transported throughout the body

  • Ionizing radiation - Manmade sources of radiation can cause cancer and are a risk for workers. These include radon, x-rays, gamma rays, and other forms of high-energy radiation

  • Infection - Virus Infection can cause changes in cells that make them more likely to become cancerous. Around 70% of cervical cancers are caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, while liver cancer and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma can be caused by the Hepatitis B and C virus, and lymphomas are linked to the Epstein-Barr virus.

Non-Controllable Causes of Cancer

  • Age - Many types of cancer become more prevalent with age. The longer people live, the more exposure there is to carcinogens and the more time there is for genetic changes or mutations to occur within their cells.

  • Genetics - Some people are unfortunately born with a genetically inherited high risk for specific cancer. This does not mean developing cancer is guaranteed, but a genetic predisposition makes the disease more likely.

  • Weak Immune system - People who have weakened immune systems are more at risk of developing some types of cancer. This includes people who have had organ transplants.

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World Cancer Day Awareness Key Facts

  • 10 million people die from cancer every year.

  • At least one-third of common cancers are preventable.

  • Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide.

  • 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.

  • Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by implementing resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and treatment.

World Cancer Day Quotes

  • A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles

  • Every new day is a beautiful gift. Open each one and find joy, happiness and hope.  Let those gifts build strength, courage and healing and wake up every day renewed, refreshed and ready to accomplish great things!

  • Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.

  • Being prepared for your appointment is critical to getting the best care.

  • Never, never, never, give up!

World Cancer Day Message For Survivor - You Are Loved. You Are Wonderfully Made. You are Beautiful. You are a Master Piece. God has great plans for you.

World Cancer Day Quote For Survivor - The Wish for Healing has always been half of health.

World Cancer Day 2020 Thought For Survivor - Have faith, it can go beyond what eyes can see.

So, this is all about the World Cancer Day 2021. World Cancer Day is a step towards achieving a healthier and brighter world free of cancer. Share this information with your family and friends to spread awareness about the disease.


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