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World Cancer Day

February 4th is International World Cancer Day! This initiative is led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), whose goal is to reduce the global impact of cancer. Every year, 9.6 million people die from cancer. By 2030, this number is expected to rise to 13 million if nothing is done to prevent this. Cancer has no boundaries and can affect anyone.

By raising worldwide awareness, improving education, and launching personal, collective, and government action, UICC is working toward eliminating millions of preventable cancer deaths and creating equal access to cancer treatment and care for all. With the help of initiatives like World Cancer Day, more people are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis than in the past. To truly succeed in minimizing the impact cancer has on our world, we need build upon this momentum.

More types of cancer than ever before can be prevented, treated, and cured. One of those types is colon cancer. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. But it doesn’t have to be. Colon cancer can be prevented through regular screening and when found early, colon cancer is highly treatable. Every action counts toward the fight in reducing the global burden of cancer and getting screened for colon cancer is one small step everyone can take to create a healthier world.

Take part in World Cancer Day with UHRU by learning about screening for colon cancer.

This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme is “I Am and I Will,” which is about you and your commitment to act. Through positive actions such as getting screened for colon cancer, together we can save lives!

To learn more about World Cancer Day, visit

To learn more about the Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project, visit

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