World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

We’ve made some progress, but, just like Bayesian predictions for 2020 are unlikely to hold, we still have much more work to do. Ultimately, nobody can completely control cancer onset, but you can take important steps that are within your power to minimize your chances. Prevention and early detection are key. Also, consider donating to help cancer research. We will not end cancer by 2020, but I am sure that by the end of this century, if humanity manages not to destroy itself, we will make a huge progress, with some major developments occurring in the next couple of decades!

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