Raising awareness through World Cancer Day


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — February 4th is World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise awareness, promote research, and encourage collective action to end cancer. This year’s theme, “I Am and I Will,” is all about an individual’s commitment to help end cancer every day.

UICC Head of Communications, Nicole Engelbrecht, said, “Together, all of our actions matter in the fight against cancer.”

Progress is being made every day, and that progress starts with getting screened.
But since the coronavirus pandemic started, fewer and fewer people are making appointments to see their doctors.

Katherine Knoploh is a breast cancer survivor. She said that despite the ongoing pandemic, she feels safe going to her cancer center because of the precautions doctors and nurses are taking.

Dr. Andrew Zasada seconded that, and emphasized that, “cancer screenings are the most effective way to find and treat cancer early when its most curable.”

With the “I Am and I Will” theme of this World Cancer Day, the UICC is hoping that more people will take action by scheduling a checkup with their doctor. These screenings are a huge step forward in the fight against cancer.

World Cancer Day is a grim reminder of how far we still have to go, but it is also a celebration of how far we’ve come.

Knoploh said, “The progress is a little bit here and there, but it is progress. As long as we keep moving forward, I have hope.”

For more information about World Cancer Day, you can visit the UICC website.

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