🎗National Cancer Awareness Day 2023: History, Theme, Celebration

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National Cancer Awareness Day

National Cancer Awareness Day is an annual event that is celebrated on 7 November every year to educate and raise awareness about the symptoms and treatment of Cancer. This day also celebrates the cancer survivors. The National Cancer Awareness Day was launched by the Union Health Minister of India Hon’ble Harsh Vardhan in 2014 in remembrance of Marie Curie. She was a chemist who conducted research on radioactivity and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for the discovery of Radium i.e. a radioactive element used in Cancer therapy. Her birth anniversary is celebrated as National Cancer Awareness Day. Stay tuned and continue reading this article to get insights about when is National Cancer Awareness Day, its theme, and its significance!

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When is National Cancer Awareness Day Observed and Celebrated?

National Cancer Awareness Day is celebrated on 7 November every year to spread awareness about the severity of cancer, its symptoms, and treatment. This day was initiated by Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister in 2014, from then onwards India is celebrating this day. 

This day is celebrated in honour of Marie Curie to commemorate her birth anniversary. She was a French physicist and chemist who was involved in the discovery and research of radioactive elements. She studied radium and polonium elements and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. 

She was also facilitated with another Nobel Prize in 1903 for Physics that she shared with Henry Becquerel and Pierre.

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National Cancer Awareness Day Theme 2023

Cancer is a deadly disease that is characterized by the uncontrolled division of cells in the body. If undiagnosed and untreated it may lead to death. Spreading awareness about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention is an important concern. Every year there is a particular theme for Cancer Awareness Day. The theme for National Cancer Awareness Day 2023 is yet to be announced.

Here are some previous year’s theme for National Cancer Awareness Day:

2022Early Detection, Better Protection
2021Cancer Screening: A Lifeline
2020Cancer Control: We Can, I Can
2019Cancer Prevention: We Can, I Can
2015Defeat Cancer: We Can, I Can

Also Read: National Cancer Survivors Day

Symptoms of Cancer

Listed below are some common symptoms of Cancer:

  1. Abnormal bumps
  2. Night Sweats
  3. Changes in Bowel
  4. Sores
  5. Changes in skin colouration to yellow or red
  6. Breast lumps
  7. Problem in urination
  8. Darkening of skin
  9. Blood in stool
  10. Anaemia

NOTE: The symptoms may vary depending on the severity and type of cancer.

Tips to Save Yourself From Cancer

Any person diagnosed with the early symptoms of Cancer can make individual efforts to prevent it. Here are some tips to prevent cancer:

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Consume a healthy and balanced diet
  3. Protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun
  4. Regular check-up is important
  5. Exercise regularly
  6. Do not consume tobacco and alcohol
  7. Maintain a healthy weight

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cancer can be prevented by screening tests, vaccine shots for Hepatitis B and papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and through healthy choices.

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Q1. What date is National Cancer Awareness Day?

A1. The date of National Cancer Awareness Day is 7 November 2023. This day is chosen to honour Marie Curie and commemorate her birth anniversary as she was the founder of radioactive elements used in the treatment of Cancer i.e. Radium and Polonium.

Q2. What is the aim of National Cancer Awareness Day?

A2. Cancer is a public health concern. As per an estimate, approximately 1.1 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually in India. So, National Cancer Awareness Day is an important event to aware people of the detection and treatment of Cancer thereby reducing the number of cancer-affected patients and increasing the number of Cancer survivors. 

Q3. When is the World Cancer Awareness Day in 2023?

A3. World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February 2023. This year the World Cancer Day theme 2023 is “Close the Care Gap.” It is a global uniting event invented by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) on 4 February 2000. 

Q4. Whose birth anniversary is National Cancer Awareness Day?

A4. Marie Curie’s birth anniversary is celebrated as National Cancer Awareness Day. 

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