Throughout our lives, many of us will have been affected by cancer in one way or another, whether that’s through experiencing the illness ourselves or knowing someone else who has gone through it. According to statistics, in the UK, one in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some type of cancer at some stage in their life; sadly, this could mean that you, a family member or friend may experience cancer at some stage in your lives. However, on February 4th, World Cancer Day will bring people together from across the globe to show their support in the fight against this devastating illness. Find out more about World Cancer Day and what you can do to show your support below:
What is World Cancer Day?
Often, the reality of a cancer diagnosis can be hard to deal with, especially if it’s someone close to you who has been diagnosed. Knowing what to say or how to react to that person can be difficult; consequently, many people living with cancer can be left feeling alone or isolated after their diagnosis. However, just being there for that person, whether it’s holding their hand during treatment or simply visiting them for a cup of tea and a chat, can make a huge difference to how they feel about their illness. World Cancer Day celebrates this unity between patients and support networks, serving to unite everyone to lessen the loneliness surrounding cancer and celebrating the relationships formed or strengthened through the illness.
Showing your Support
Whether you or someone you know has been affected by cancer, or if you just feel passionate about the cause, there are several things you can do to show your support for World Cancer Day. This year, Cancer Research UK have created Unity Bands, small rubber bracelets, that can be worn in recognition of the day and to further support the charity. To receive a unity band, a suggested donation of £2 can be made at selected shops or online. Alternatively, if you do not wish to wear a unity a band but still want to contribute, you can make a charity donation to help fund vital research and develop less aggressive treatment programs in the hope of beating cancer. You can do this by donating at your local Cancer Research UK shop or online. Finally, you can also partake in or create your own fundraising events to help raise money for a number of UK cancer charities. From bike riding to cake baking, there’s something that everyone can take part in to show their support!
UK Cancer Charities
Within the UK, there are several cancer charities that will be showing their support on World Cancer Day. As discussed above, Cancer Research UK is one of the leading charities helping to fund vital research towards better treatment programs and ultimately, a cure for the illness. Similarly, Macmillan Cancer Support are another large charity working tirelessly to support those experiencing cancer, as well as their family and friends, who can also feel the impacts of a cancer diagnosis. From offering emotional support through counselling and helpline services to caring for the physical needs of patients, these charities play an essential role in the fight against cancer.
So, on February 4th, you can show your support for World Cancer Day however you like, whether it’s wearing a unity band, donating, or getting involved in raising money through fundraising activities for the elderly! For more information about cancer and other illnesses, please visit our dedicated health page or get in touch via our social media channels to tell us how you will be showing your support on World Cancer Day!