World Cancer Day is observed on the 4th of February every year and this year too on Tuesday 4th of February 2020 it will be observed with greater care, larger devotion and bigger intentions.
Purpose of The Cancer Day
The purpose of this day is a determination to spread awareness about the calamity of Cancer and most importantly of its observance, a reminder for the whole world.
Theme of World Cancer 2020
“I AM AND I WILL” is the theme of World Cancer Day for the year 2020. The United Nations under its surveillance and supervision has directed the World Health Organization(WHO) to maintain the value of this day that embarked a community namely Union for International Cancer Control(UICC). UICC has suggested this theme from the year 2019 till the year 2021.
Value and importance of this Theme
It is acknowledged to the whole world about the atrocities of the deadly but not incurable disease Cancer that snatches our beloved bloods and human faces from us within no time. All this happens in so little a time that neither a person suffering/struggling nor his near ones can comprehend the monster of this disease. The only myth remains after such calamity is death and people start thinking and developing a sense that “Cancer means imminent Death” But accepting it all, the patient however, obviously, suffers the most and therefore, the theme necessarily stands for them that they should fight against cancer and must not let it destroy them. “I am and I will” significantly is a slogan that empowers and encourages the cancer sufferers to fight back with it harder, courageously and dominantly and in fact, all the themes since 2000 propagate a similar message of courage to these victims.
Sustainable Goal of UN that Describes the Umbrella-veiling of Cancer
The United Nations has 17 sustainable development goals for the betterment and welfare of humanity and all living beings on earth providing them protection, security, facilities, a tendency to progress and a fashion and privilege to survive. Among all these goals, the third one (3rd)entitles“Good health and Well-Being” which further ensures people to come out of health shortcomings and raise life expectancy. The diseases like cancer somehow with evil intentions retard and decrease the life expectancy whereas, hope or passion for people to live and enjoy good health ultimately turns into disappointment, melancholy, pain and disaster.
Ribbons and Logo for World Cancer Day
Carrying all importance, what comes next is how international Day of Cancer, demonstratively and symbolically be celebrated?
The symbolic and expressive representation for the observance of this day may be put by wearing small loops or Ribbons whereas, LavenderRibbons in general, as Suggested by UN and UICC are worn on this day.
Lavender a small plant is famous for helping to relieve from all kinds of aches, pains and sores. Lavender Ribbon therefore, shows support to the people suffering from Cancer and also represents sustenance to those who spread awareness about Cancer. However, the color of these ribbons varies with the disparity in the parts of the body affected by Cancer and their observance months respectively.
Logo for World Cancer Day 2020 can be viewed where there is an orange-colored circle(badge) within which is a person with spread or hoisted arms representing and welcoming the whole humanity. The logo also intends to mean people showing support to cancer affected.
History and background of International Cancer Day
International cancer day was first established in 2000 on the 4th of February at the World Cancer Summit which was held in Paris, France. The basic purpose of this summit was to promote the methods to prevent cancer, to organize a signed-official observance, to spread its awareness, to obtain the methods of cure and prevention and to inform the remnants of this disease that may help the sufferers in a chivalrous and open manner. The summit then recognized a charter called “Charter of Paris Against Cancer”. This charter showed the concerns of the world communities especially, the United Nations about the dangerous increase in death rates due to cancer and its worldwide expansion and speedy spread. It was estimated that in 2017 9.6 million people died due to cancer, making it the second leading cause of death in the world after cardio-vascular diseases. Until now 18.1 million new cases of cancer have been added into these numbers and still increasing day by day. Thus in recent times, the outbreak of this disease has startled the whole world consequently, forcing them to find solutions to combat Cancer strongly and help the sufferers.
Alarming Stats About Cancer
As the studies and researches have shown cancer; abnormal growth of body cells resulting in the damage, decomposition and destruction of vital tissues and cells causing failure in the body to reproduce those cells and hence death of whole organ or organism. What makes us most fearful are the stats showing that one in 5 men and one in 6 women worldwide develop cancer during their life time among which one in 8 men and one in 11 women die from this disease while overall every 6 deaths are due to cancer. These stats show our reluctance to care for our health.
Importance of Cancer day
The real importance to observe this day in its true essence is if we may become to make ourselves realize the steady growth and adaptations of cancer among human beings, the threat which cancer may cause to our existence, to determine not our own life but also the lives of general masses as a precious charm of the world and especially helping the people who have already come up with cancer and are in desperate need of the society to sympathize with them and to boost them up to re-live with better hope and daring. The day also helps people realize the worth of life by formulating simple resources like minimizing habitual formations causing cancer, for example, Lung cancer due to smoking and Breast cancer because of simple negligence among females regarding their body transformation. Anything uncontrollable is metaphorically called Cancer hence this day significantly urges people to live more controlled and hygienic life also supporting the affected people to come out of stigma and mythology that associates Cancer with death.
Activities of Cancer Day
Use of print, electronic and social media for cancer awareness making it top trend.
Letting people know about the causes of Cancer.
Spending the day with Cancer affected patients near us to discourage the stigma and getting rid of this taboo
Making a determination by quitting bad habits like smoking eating bark and Betelnutthat causes lung and mouth cancer among men.
Spreading awareness among women about Breast Cancer.
Taking the initiative by uploading the shaved-head selfies on social media #NoHairSelfie
Help to improve Cancer patient services.
Spreading awareness regarding early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, denouncing the mythology that cancer means death. Help people save their money and life by showing them positivity reflecting optimism.
Accumulate donations for poor cancer patients
Improving life standards with regular health standard check-ups and hygienic measures.
Soothing the depressed souls.
Promoting the little skills of cancer patients that may motivate them to return to the norms of life.
World Cancer Day Speech
It is often said that “health is wealth” but dear fellows it would not be wrong enough if I say health either physical or mental is the only wealth. As the statistical measurement shows that there is one death in the world in every eleven minutes due to cancer. Suppose you are given 11 minutes, would it be easy for you to accept that death is quite imminent and you will pass yourself to the next world and will never see it again? Would it be easy for any one suffering from cancer to let himself digested by this disease? Certainly not fellows certainly not. The question is how we would spend these eleven minutes that we are left with if we may absorb the feelings of Cancer victims. Look back where I have mentioned at the start of the speech, “mental health”. Physically one is affected by cancer but mental comfort and strength are the only effects where we can spend the cause of these 11 minutes. Reality has something bitter in it that it does not let you escape, the only thing that remains with us is to face it and evaluate the worth of life in its very sense. Ernest Hemingway in his famous novel, “the old man and the sea” said, “but a man can be destroyed but not defeated”. The story by Hemingway was not about the adventures of the old man but his struggle that was totally based on the strength of mind. This mythology-based stigma can only be repelled through excessive awareness.
This day is time for the world community to stand against cancer, let it not stand against you. This day is the day of determination open-heartedly welcoming the cancer victims to be returned towards life. Make them again the part of the community not by just wearing lavender ribbons as a demonstration but practically soothing them like Lavender plant itself soothes the pains. The pain that kills a victim is not the disease Cancer itself but the isolation and separation from the society. Let us promise that Cancer will no more kill our dear ones quietly and silently. Our determination and commitment will compel Cancer to run far away from us.