"I am and I will" - World Cancer Day 2019 | POLHN

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Author Dr Julienne O'Rourke Category: Dated:February 3rd, 2019

“I am and I will” – Taking Personal Action against Cancer | World Cancer Day

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with 9.6 million people dying from the disease each year (Bray et. al., 2018). Monday 4th February is World Cancer Day when individuals and organisations unite to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer. Led by the Union of International Cancer Control, the day specifically aims to rally the international community to raise awareness of the disease and encourages its prevention, detection and treatment.

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In 2019, World Cancer Day started a three-year campaign under the tagline “I am and I will”, which endeavours to empower individuals to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love, and for the world. Around the world, communities will hold a range of events on the day to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight cancer through early detection and screening, as well as through making healthy lifestyle choices like physical activity and healthy eating.


Cancer is a global health challenge. In 2018, 18 million people were diagnosed with cancer worldwide (Bray et. al., 2018), with cancer deaths making up one-quarter of non-communicable deaths in the Western Pacific Region (WHO 2012). While cancer is a critical health and human issue, almost one-third of common cancers are preventable  (Brown et. al., 2018; Islami et. al., 2018; Wilson et. al., 2018).  These cases are due to behavioural and dietary risks, such as high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use.


POLHN offers a range of courses that have been specifically designed for healthcare professionals to gain knowledge about how lifestyle factors can predispose patients to cancer, as well as assist healthcare professionals to help others change aspects of their lifestyle and limit risk factors to prevent cancer. Few of the courses can also help Health Care team in combating emergency situations and infections in cancer patients as well. These courses include:


For those who have completed these courses, stay tuned as new courses on Alcohol and Healthy Diet (Macronutrients and Micronutrients) are coming soon. To be the first to know, sign up to our newsletter by clicking here.


  1. Bray, F., Ferlay, J., Soerjomataram, I., Siegel, R. L., Torre, L. A. and Jemal, A. (2018), Global cancer statistics 2018: GLOBOCAN estimates of incidence and mortality worldwide for 36 cancers in 185 countries. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 68: 394-424.
  2. Brown KF, Rumgay H, Dunlop C, et al. The fraction of cancer attributable to modifiable risk factors in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom in 2015. Br J Cancer.2018;118:1130‐1141.
  3. Islami F, Goding Sauer A, Miller KD, et al. Proportion and number of cancer cases and deaths attributable to potentially modifiable risk factors in the United States. CA Cancer J Clin.2018;68:31‐54.
  4. Wilson LF, Antonsson A, Green AC, et al. How many cancer cases and deaths are potentially preventable? Estimates for Australia in 2013. Int J Cancer.2018;142:691‐701.

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