By Michelle Snow, BSc, MISt, Librarian, Cancer Education, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

World Cancer Day is a global event that takes place every year on February 4. This event unites the world's population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and by providing education about cancer, asking governments and individuals across the world to take action. The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is responsible for coordinating World Cancer Day globally.

​The theme for 2017 is – “We Can. I Can”. World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has on communities, families and individuals.

Some of the key messages this year are:

  • Share my story
  • Create healthy environments
  • Love, and be loved
  • Shape policy change
  • Support others
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Make the case for investing in cancer control
  • Challenge perception
  • Prevent cancer
  • Ask for support
  • Inspire action, take action
  • Work together for increased impact
  • Be myself
  • Speak out
  • Take control of my cancer journey
  • Understand that early detection saves lives

On February 4, stop by the Patient & Family Library on the main floor at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on to learn more about World Cancer Day. Listed below are resources that you can find in the library that will help to support these key messages so that more lives are saved.

  • Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer
  • Reduce Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer
  • A Pap Test Could Save Your Life
  • Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer
  • Preventing Cancer
  • Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide
  • Finding Cancer Early – what women need to know
  • Finding Cancer Early – what men need to know
  • Monthly Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
  • One Step at a Time – self-help guides about quitting smoking
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