World Cancer Day 2012 fell on the first weekend in February this year. It's a day where people around the world work together to raise awareness of cancer, educate the public and lobby for positive change.
We always talk about cancer prevention in Victoria, but let's scale up and go macro; cancer involves some seriously big figures. Around the world more than 12.7 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million people die each year. And it's estimated that these numbers could grow to 26 million new diagnoses and 17 million deaths by the year 2030.
However, there is something you can do. More than a third of cancers can be prevented by lifestyle changes, and one-third of cancers can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment. Find out how to cut your risk and share these messages with your loved ones.
You can also help spread the World Cancer Day message and make a difference by signing the declaration.
The declaration is a tool to help bring cancer to the attention of government leaders and policymakers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden by 2020.
The aim is to have:
Sign the declaration and add your voice to the 516,010 individuals and 1,145 organisations that have signed already. As explained by a myriad of celebrities together it is possible!