This week, the American Cancer Society asks the world to join together to amplify their voices and make cancer a global priority. On Friday evening, Feb. 3, blue and orange lights will illuminate the Empire State Building to mark World Cancer Day on Feb. 4. Social media users are invited to “light up” their Twitter and Facebook profiles to make their voices heard for a leading killer and a disease that has no boundaries:
According to estimates from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, there were 12.7 million new cancer cases in 2008 worldwide, of which 5.6 million occurred in economically developed countries and 7.1 million in economically developed countries. More than half of all cancer cases and deaths worldwide are potentially preventable. Momentum is growing following historic progress made at last year’s United Nation’s General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory diseases account for 63 percent of global deaths. However, cancer is not yet in the UN Millennium Development goals which largely establish the priorities for global health funding and resources.
Visit global.cancer.org to learn more about the fight to end cancer globally, and to get involved. You can also see what communities around the world are doing to mark World Cancer Day at www.worldcancerday.org.