February 4th is World Cancer Day 

'We can. I can.' That is the tagline for the 2016-18 World Cancer Day on 4 February highlighting how everyone - as a collective or as individuals - can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

World Cancer Day is part of the World Cancer Campaign, adopted following the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium. This summit took place on 4 February 2000, and subsequently the first ever World Cancer Day was pencilled in for 4 February 2006. 

With the 'We can. I can.' campaign, awareness will be raised to show the public that everyone can play a role in battling cancer.

For example:

We can.

  • Stop myths that lead to stigma against cancer patients
  • Encourage schools to educate children on how to prevent cancer
  • Demand governments increase funding for cancer treatment facilities

I can.

  • Stop smoking for good
  • Learn about the signs and symptoms linked to cancer
  • Return back to work after cancer treatment, to give it the biggest insult of all

In the UK:

Following on from last year Cancer Research UK,  Anthony NolanBreast Cancer CareBowel Cancer UK, and CLIC Sargent have all joined forces to ask people to wear a Unity Band® on 4th February to show their support and to raise funds. The money will be used to fund research projects and support the work of scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.

Each charity has its own Unity Band®, available in a range of ways including online, from charity shops and from some stores for a suggested donation of £2. The bands are each made from two differently coloured parts knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.

Three colours are available from Cancer Research UK, and a Limited Edition Anouska Georgia London Unity Band® is available for £65.

Anthony Nolan is selling a black Unity Band on its site for a suggested £2 donation, Breast Cancer Care has a pink band, CLIC Sargent's has plum, teal and grey ones which you can purchase in Morrisons stores, J D Wetherspoon pubs and select H Samuel and Ernest Jones stores.

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