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World Cancer Day - 4 February 2011 - get involved in preventing cancer

Friday 4 February, 2011

Did you know cancer kills more people globally than AIDS, malaria and TB combined? What's more the World Heath Organisation projects that without immediate action the global number of deaths from cancer will increase by nearly 80% by 2030, with most occurring in low and middle income countries.

Today, 4 February 2011, is World Cancer Day. This is the day when Cancer Council and fellow member organisations of the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) ask people around the world to take a moment to think about cancer, and what we as individuals can do to reduce the impact of this disease.

A good place to start is by reducing your own risk of cancer. New research released today has strengthened the link between lifestyle factors and cancer with findings that up to 70% of certain cancers could be prevented by diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. If you have not already done so, take this simple quiz to find out where your risk lies and to set goals to reduce it. Make sure you encourage your friends and family to do the same.

You can also sign the World Cancer Declaration. It's a simple case of strength in numbers. Our goal is to gather one million supporters to be presented to the world's leaders at the first UN Summit for Non -Communicable Diseases (NCD's) in September 2011. Your signature will make a big difference in persuading governments around the world to reduce the global cancer burden by 2020.

Thank you for taking these steps today to bring us closer to realising our dream of a Cancer Free World.