World Cancer Day 2018

The theme of World Cancer Day 2018 is “We Can. I Can.”

Written by Hannah Byrne


World Cancer Day takes place on the 4th February every year. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about cancer and start conversations that are positive and can inspire change.

World Cancer Day began in 2008 with the aim of promoting cancer research and cancer prevention, as well as improving care for cancer patients and encouraging people to be more sensitive towards the issue of cancer.

We Can. I Can.

The tagline of World Cancer Day 2018 is “We Can. I Can.”. Many people have been affected by cancer in some way, and people are encouraged to explore how we all, as individuals or as part of a group, can do something to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Use the day to consider how you can make a difference, whether that’s making healthier life choices to reduce the risk of cancer, showing love and support to someone suffering with cancer, or making the voice of cancer patients and survivors heard by having conversations around cancer.

“No matter who you are – a cancer survivor, a co-worker, a carer, a friend, or a student – and no matter what you choose to do, ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Visit the World Cancer Day website for more information and suggestions on how to get involved.

Cancer fact sheets

Take some time to read our cancer fact sheets, know the signs of different cancers, and know how to check for changes.

Opinion pieces

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