Globally, every year February 4 is observed as World Cancer Day when people try to create awareness around the disease and work towards reducing the stigma attached to it.
This year, the world has been grappling with a health pandemic, and hence it becomes all the more important to raise awareness about other deadly diseases including cancer.
The theme ‘I Am and I Will’ was introduced in 2019 and it has carried on.
This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme remains-“I Am and I Will,” which is basically aimed at you and your commitment to act.
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2021 world cancer day, the World Health Organisation, WHO has raised the alarm over the rising cases of cancer in Africa.
The WHO Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti in his message to mark the day lamented that over the past 20 years, new cancer cases have doubled in the African Region, from 338,000 as reported in 2002 to 846,000 cases in 2020.
Mr. Moeti who called on African leaders to work together to curb the rising cases identified the most common forms of cancers to include, cancer of the breast, cervix, prostate, bowel, colon, rectum and liver.
He added that the only way to strengthen cancer services is through capacity-building of health workers at the district level, along with implementation of a comprehensive surveillance system, and investment in digital innovations to improve cancer care.