World Cancer Day is held every 4 February to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all – no matter who you are or where you live.
World Cancer Day was launched on the 4 February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris. The Paris Charter aims to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilise the global community to make progress against cancer, and includes the adoption of World Cancer Day.
This year’s theme for World Cancer Day is “Close the Care Gap”, which is all about enabling and supporting more people to seek and receive the care they need and deserve. World Cancer Day also provides the momentum to build stronger alliances and innovative new collaborations; mobilise communities; and create change, because we know that united, we are stronger.
On World Cancer Day we want to raise awareness of Liver Cancer.
Liver cancer affects the cells of your liver. It can develop when liver cells become abnormal and keep multiplying and growing. The abnormal cells form a mass or lump called a tumour. It is the sixteenth most common type of cancer in Australia and the seventh leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia. Primary liver cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in the liver. Most people with primary liver cancer have hepatoma or hepatocellular cancer. This begins in the main type of liver cell, known as a hepatocyte. There are other less common types of liver cancer, including bile duct cancer and a very rare type of cancer called angiosarcoma.
Liver cancer can affect anyone. The leading cause of liver cancer in Australia is hepatitis C, followed by alcohol consumption and hepatitis B. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) related liver cancer is also increasing as an indirect cause.
The most effective ways to limit your chances of developing liver cancer are to get tested and treated for hepatitis and to keep your liver healthy.
Join Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) on 4 February and help close the cancer care gap for a cancer-free world