Feb 4th – World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is marked on February 4th to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. It is led by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), a global consortium of more than 280 cancer-fighting organizations in over 90 countries. World Cancer Day targets the public through global communications marking, and encourages policy makers and UICC member organizations to make cancer a political priority.

The campaign emphasizes that 43% of cancers can be prevented through these healthy behaviors:

• Provide a smoke-free environment for children
• Be physically active, eat a balanced, healthy diet, and avoid obesity
• Learn about vaccines for virus-related liver and cervical cancers
• Avoid over-exposure to the sun


This pic is a candid shot of a very young girl who was smoking away happily. She is probably not even 20 years old! Considering how much awareness there is with regards to some of the obvious causes of cancer, it is dis-heartening to see people go about their lives with such utter dis-regard.

Smoking girl

These are such common sights these days in Bangalore. What are the ways to discourage the younger people from not getting hooked to smoking? I mean, it is not like they do not know the hazards! It is probably cool to not care enough about your health and about the fact you are putting yourself and others around you to such danger. If you haven’t seen cancer in the face, I guess it is still just a distant thing. But, if you have, you will want to run, and as fast as possible away from not just cancer, but from all kinds of carcinogens!

6 Responses to “Feb 4th – World Cancer Day”

  1. If not for the threat from passive smoking, I would say let the smokers smoke themselves to death. Give them all Darwin awards! I mean, if you are stupid enough to smoke knowing that you will die many decades sooner because of it, then good riddance to those stupid genes.

    I think there are not enough people with smoking related cancers for everyone to ask for a ban on it. If we there were such a thing, then enforcing it would still be difficult. I am sure the cigarette lobby will protest just as the arecanut lobby did when there was a ban on gutka.

  2. As you point out smokers are indeed getting younger.. I dont know if its just a coincidence but I have been observing more and more girls smoking…

    I guess when you are young you feel nothing can harm you.. even smoking…

  3. it is sad…………….the air you breath is in itself polluted and then you further load your lungs with more impurities…………….i dont know how smoking is cool.

  4. Nice capture. Actually fewer boys are smoking.

  5. it is pathetic to see young girls who were not into this habit are competing to smoke drink etc, I think they think it is fun if they get into drugs on the same alalogy it it nightmare for family. let the awareness spread and good senses prevail.
    on cancer issue see this link of true story of survivor who fought with full grit and full support from all corners.

  6. smoking is indeed a nasty habit however life is a rulette of sorts, I think more em[phsise shpould be put on exercise and healthy eating rather than putting thoose with unhealthy vices, everyone has a weakness of sorts, fast food and lack of exercise is as much to blame as smoking for premeturely ending lifes as are road acidents, disease etc, however the overiding issue is not the vice(s) itself but how they come about; most people atacthment to land gone all humankind are still essentially nomads being static (not literally) has side effects for which their will always be loosers in an increasingly monogigenic society

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