This Sunday, February 4 is World Cancer Day, a global event to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
With a theme of “We can. I can.”, World Cancer Day
aims to explore how everyone – both individually and collectively – can do their part to help reduce the global burden of cancer.
Nearly eight million people around the globe will die of cancer this year and is expected to increase to 13.2 million people per year by 2030. In BC, close to 30,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 10,000 will die because of it in 2018.
Thanks to early detection and advances in treatment and care – some spearheaded by BC Cancer – we are moving the dial on survival rates and mortality for cancer patients in the province.
Since 1994, British Columbia’s five-year relative survival rate for all cancers has increased by nearly seven per cent and certain cancers — including leukemia, sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma — have seen between 16 and 19 per cent increases in five-year relative survival rates.
The BC Cancer Foundation
has used some of our recent data and created an infographic that highlights how BC Cancer is making a difference in the fight against cancer.
We are posting this infographic on our social media channels, and encourage everyone to share it and help spread the word about how BC CAN and is making a difference for British Columbians living with cancer.
World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), of which BC Cancer is a member. UICC’s membership includes more than 1000 organizations in 162 countries, and is dedicated to uniting the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.