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Today marks the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). World Cancer Day, held every year on February 4, is a global uniting initiative which improves education and continues to raise awareness for cancer.

The leading international awareness day was created for the people to speak out and stand up for a cancer-free world. According to World Cancer Day website, 9.6 million people die each year from cancer while experts predict it to rise to 13 million by 2030.

“It is unacceptable that millions of people have a greater chance of developing cancer in their lifetime, because they are simply not aware of the cancer risks to avoid and the healthy behaviors to adopt – information that many of us take for granted. And this is true around the world,” Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control, Dr Cary Adams said in a press statement.

World Cancer Day 2020 marks the midway point of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. The empowering call-to-action is looking to create a long-lasting impact to inspire change and create more opportunities to build the global awareness needed for cancer.

Learn more about how you can take action and get involved by visiting WorldCancerDay.com.