World Cancer Day 2022

The World Cancer Day 2022 is observed every year on February 4, worldwide.

Key facts

  • The day is observed to raise awareness, inspire change and reduce global impact of cancer.
  • It is celebrated with the aim of reducing misconceptions regarding cancer and prejudices associated with it. It helps people in getting right information about cancer.
  • It also offers a chance for making an impact in betterment of life of cancer patients and survivors.

Global Uniting Initiative

The World Cancer Day has been declared as a “Global Uniting Initiative”, by Union of International Cancer Control (UICC).

Theme of World Cancer Day 2022

The World Cancer Day 2022 was observed under the theme- ‘Close the Care Gap’. The theme is all about understanding and recognising the inequities in cancer care worldwide. It seeks to identify and recognise global disparities in cancer care, which is preventing people from certain economic strata full access to essential healthcare facilities and services.

History of World Cancer Day

The day was established on February 4, 2000, during World Cancer Conference for New Millennium in Paris, France.  Since then, people across the world observe this day, every year. A different theme is dedicated every year, in a bid to improve the quality of lives of cancer patients and spread awareness on cancer, its treatment and prevention.

Significance of the day

The World Cancer Day is observed with the aim of raising awareness and reducing the social stigma associated with it. On this day, everyone comes together with an objective of achieving a healthier and brighter world free of cancer. Various events are planned on this day to held discussion on educating people on cancer.

Status of Cancer

Cancer has become second leading cause of death worldwide. The top cancers affecting Indian population are breast, lung, cervical, head, neck and colorectal cancer (CRC).



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