- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
World Cancer Day was on 4 February 2019. I showed my support by wearing a Cancer Research UK ‘unity wristband’.
360,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year – that is nearly 990 per day.
Cancer Research works to find new treatments for cancer and also to raise money to beat cancer. They organise fundraising events that everyone can get involved in.
World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the uniting global initiative under which the world comes together to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. The day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease alongside calling on governments and individuals across the world to take action.
World Cancer Day 2019 highlights the need for urgent action to increase early stage cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis to significantly improve cancer patients’ chances of survival. In 2018, there were more than 18 million new cases of cancer diagnosed globally. Early detection, screening, and diagnosis have been proven to significantly improve patient survival rates and quality of life as well as significantly reduce the cost and complexity of cancer treatment. However, barriers to achieving higher rates of early cancer detection need to be addressed to significantly reduce the personal and financial burden of cancer worldwide.