World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day is a global event that takes place every year on 4 February in a bid to unite the world's population in the fight against cancer.
In many cultures cancer remains a taboo subject. People living with cancer are often subject to stigma and discrimination, which may stop them seeking care and support.
This year, Merton CCG is encouraging residents to join in and support the global fight. The tagline 'We can. I can.', amplifies how everyone as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the burden of cancer.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 8.2 million deaths per year, out of which, four million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).
Cancer is an aggressive disease and is one of the main public health threats in Merton. Breast, lung, prostate and colorectal cancers make up 54% of cancers in Merton, which is why this awareness day is so important
For a person living with cancer, having support from friends, families, employers and colleagues can make a huge difference. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do - even the smallest act can have great impact.
For some people, support may be needed over many years after the initial diagnosis as they continue to live with the physical and emotional impacts of cancer even when treatment is finished.
To find out how you can get involved, visit the World Cancer Day website. To find out more about Cancer, visit NHS Choices.