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National Cancer Awareness Day

National Cancer Awareness Day is observed yearly to raise awareness of cancer and encourage Cancer prevention.

Despite the vast number of yearly cases and severity, you’ll be surprised by how little people know about cancer. Read below to learn more.

When is National Cancer Awareness Day?

National Cancer Awareness Day is celebrated on November 7 every year.

Cancer Awareness Day


Consider reading these frequently asked questions and facts to learn more about Cancer Awareness Day.

When did National Cancer Awareness Day start?

National Cancer Awareness Day was initially announced by the Indian Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardha initially announced National Cancer Awareness Day.

In September 2014, he decided to observe it on November 7, the day Marie Curie was born. This was initiated because two-thirds are advanced stages out of 1.1 million cases diagnosed in India every year.

What are the different types of cancer?

There are over 200 different types and subtypes of cancer, and it is not just one disease. This realization has caused a shift from the one-size-fits-all approach to “tailored therapy” for different kinds.

Is there a cure for cancer?

A cure means that there is a guarantee that the treated disease will not come back. Now, while some diseases can be cured, cancer cannot. Some treatments can help get into remission for cancer when the tumor has disappeared, but cancer can return.

Nevertheless, naked mole rats are immune to cancer, which has encouraged research in the substance hyaluronan. The subterranean African mammal is rich in this substance which acts as a lubricant stopping cancers from growing. This may lead to a cure for cancer in the future.

Is cancer hereditary?

While around five to ten percent of cancer types are hereditary, most are not. These, instead, develop because of a mix of environmental and genetic factors, like alcohol, diet, smoking, cosmetic choice, and obesity.

What should I do on National Cancer Awareness Day?

You can observe it by asking your friends or family to get tested, which is often accessible today. Or, you can post an awareness story or post on social media, helping fulfill the day’s aims. Finally, you can also provide financial help to a relevant organization, helping them diagnose and treat cancer at its early stages.

Facts about Cancer Awareness Day

The word ‘cancer” has been taken from the Latin language, meaning ‘crab.’ Notice that a crab also represents the zodiac sign cancer. Early on, doctors described tumors with extensions from the body or veins as crab-like or ‘cancerous.’

The Edwin Smith Papyrus of 1600 BC contains the earliest known description of cancer. This document includes knowledge regarding breast tumors removed with a fire drill but says that “there is no treatment” for cancer.

Prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers are the most commonly diagnosed in men. Breast, lung, and colorectal are the three most common among women.

According to a study, there are 419,000 new skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning every year in the US. As a result, there are more cases of skin cancer from indoor tanning than lung cancer due to smoking.

Although the number of cases of cancer has increased, thanks to immense progress, a higher percentage now survives it. Therefore, there are around 28 million cancer survivors alive in the world right now.

80% of all diagnosed cancer cases in the US are in people of age 55 years or older.

In 2020, there were almost 1.8 million new cancer cases diagnosed in the US, with over 600,000 deaths.

Over the world, more than 70% of cancer-related deaths occur in low and lower-middle-income countries.

The left breast is around ten percent more prone to develop cancer than the right one. Also, the left side of the body is ten percent more likely to face melanoma, a kind of skin cancer. Scientists are not yet sure why this is so.

Accounting for 30% of cancer deaths and 80% of lung cancer deaths, tobacco is the most significant preventable cause of cancer.

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Comforting Cancer Quotes

Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today; let us begin.
Mother Teresa

You have to be willing to give up the life you planned and instead greet the life that is waiting for you.
Joseph Campbell

Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.

Cancer is a part of our life, but it’s not our whole life.
Nick Prochak

When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does, too.
Terri Clark

Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment – you just have to be willing to take it.
Emily Hollenberg


Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn’t afraid of anything anymore.
Melissa Etheridge

My cancer scare changed my life. I’m grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life.
Olivia Newton-John

You know, once you’ve stood up to cancer, everything else feels like a pretty easy fight.
David Koch

Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.
Misty Copeland

More than 10 million Americans are living with cancer, and they demonstrate the ever-increasing possibility of living beyond cancer.
Sheryl Crow

Inspirational Quotes

Dealing with it is the operative word. I found myself at seven years, not battling it, not struggling with it. Not breaking under the burden of it, but dealing with it.
Michael J. Fox

You can be a victim of cancer, or a survivor of cancer. It’s a mindset.
Dave Pelzer

When cancer happens, you don’t put life on hold. You live now.
Fabi Powell

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.
Nikolai Lenin

Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is the courage to dance to it today.
Peter Kuzmic

Cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit.

There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.
Ann Jillian

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in that will be.
Sonia Ricotti

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot land hang on.
Franklin D Roosevelt


In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally.
Grete Waitz

Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.
Michael Douglas

You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.
Stuart Scott

Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul.
Jim Valvano

What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what’s important. I mean, I don’t sweat the small stuff. I used to get angry at cab drivers. It’s not worth it. And when somebody says you have cancer, you realize it’s all small stuff.
Joel Siegel

Cancer is not a straight line. It’s up and down.
Elizabeth Edwards

Cancer taught my family that my mom is much stronger than we ever thought. Faced with a devastating diagnosis, she just kept going and living – never complaining.
Richard Grenell

Cancer is just a chapter in our lives and not the whole story.
Allie Moreno

Captions for Instagram

Awareness is power!

Cancer’s tough, but so are you!

I’m stronger than you think!

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

A cure worth fighting for!

Hope, Strength, Love.

Early detection saves lives.

Every ribbon makes a difference!

I’m not a superwoman, but I survived cancer. So, close enough.

Join the fight, one step at a time.

Never give up! Never give in!









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