‘I Am and I Will’ is the theme of World Cancer Day starting from last year and it will continue to be use to the year 2021. As of this year being the 20th year of World Cancer Day, the theme of ‘I Am and I Will’ is about seeking to counter the negative attitude and fatalistic belief that nothing can be done about cancer, and instead promotes how personal actions can be powerful and impactful.
World Cancer Day was established in 4th of February 2000 at the World Cancer Summit in Paris. The summit was focus on Cancer for the New Millennium and it has been since celebrated annually.
The reason of why it was held is when the Charter of Paris Against Cancer was created to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, as well as an article establishing the anniversary of the document’s official signing as World Cancer Day, as it was signed by former General Director of UNESCO, Kōichirō Matsuura and former French President Jacques Chirac.
Over the years, World Cancer Day is marked by the international cancer community, governments and individuals around the world. Around 60 governments officially observe World Cancer Day and more than 900 activities take place every year in over 100 different countries, with the day itself a trending topic on Twitter.
World Cancer Day is led by the Union for International Cancer Control, generally to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment as well as to primarily reach its goal to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer.