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Thursday
Feb042016

How Health Clubs Can Mark World Cancer Day

February 1 marks the beginning of Cancer Prevention Month in the United States, and February 4 is World Cancer Day.

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that nearly a third of cases of the most common cancers—that's 340,000 cases—could be prevented if people moved more, weighed less, and ate more healthfully. Globally, cancer claims 8.2 million lives every year, 4 million of them prematurely (between the ages of 30 and 69).

World Cancer Day is about raising awareness and education about cancer, and pressing individuals, organizations, and governments to take action.

The History of World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day was established in 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the new millenium in Paris. The Paris Charter, which officially marked February 4 as World Cancer Day, focused on promotion of the research for curing as well as preventing the disease, improving patient service, and raising awareness globally. World Cancer Day is marked every year on the fourth of February.

Get Involved

Health clubs are providing their members the tools they need to prevent cancer everyday—a safe, supportive place to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, and information on good health and nutrition. In 2016, the IHRSA Foundation will work to develop new evidence-based programs for people living with cancer, and to document program best practices.

 IHRSA has joined the AICR's "Together We Can" campaign to help raise awareness about the healthy habits—including regular physical activity and nutritious food choices—that can help prevent cancer. Your club can mark World Cancer Day on social media in a few ways:

Click to download World Cancer Day images optimized for social sharing.Spread the word about the health benefits of exercise for cancer patients and survivors. Click the folder to download a folder of images optimized for social sharing. Share them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! 

Join the conversation on Twitter, Faceook, or Instagram using the hashtags #WorldCancerDay, #cancerprevention, and #WhyGetActive 

Share how your club is helping your community prevent and fight cancer using the hashtags or 

Learn more at worldcancerday.org.

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