World Cancer Day 2019 – it’s time to make a personal commitment

Bowel Cancer Australia

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Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world.

Next Monday is World Cancer Day and we’re calling on all Australians to join the global effort to raise (bowel) cancer awareness and encourage everyone around the world to take action!

It is estimated there will have been over 140,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed and just under 50,000 deaths from cancer in 2018, according to the latest statistics released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Now is the time to make a personal commitment, to help make real change happen.

What is World Cancer Day?

The first World Cancer Day was held on 4 February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium, with a mission to promote research, prevent cancer, improve patient services, raise awareness and mobilise the global community to make progress against cancer.

An initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control, World Cancer Day is celebrated on the 4th February each year and aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths by raising cancer awareness and pressing governments to take further action against the disease.

Following the successful ‘We Can. I Can’ campaign, 2019 marks the launch of the new ‘I Am and I Will’ World Cancer Day theme, which will continue over the next three years.

#IAmIWill - We believe that individuals, together can create change.

‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

This World Cancer Day gives each of us a chance to reflect on what we as individuals can do to help reduce the burden of cancer globally and make a pledge locally to create change.

Here’s three simple ways you can help reduce the impact of bowel cancer.

Get personal

Create your own custom social media post with your own personal message of the commitment and share it with the world.

Download your free World Cancer Day badge now (female | male), and don’t forget to tag @BowelCancerAustralia and #IAmAndIWill in your post.

If you're not already a member of our 100,000+ strong Facebook community, become a fan today. You can also find us on Twitter and Instagram.

Use your voice

Start a conversation about bowel cancer with your family, friends, colleagues and networks.

You can find further details on bowel cancer, the facts, signs and symptoms on our ‘About Bowel Cancer’ webpage or in our ‘Find Out About Bowel Cancer’ pamphlet available for download here.

Inform yourself & others

Find out more about bowel cancer, how you can reduce your bowel cancer risk, and the impact it has on the people we love, our communities, and the world.

If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, Bowel Cancer Australia also has a number of support services available to assist patients, their loved ones and members of the community

With more than 15,600 Australians told they have bowel cancer every year, Australia has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world, yet it is a disease that rarely receives the attention or funding it so desperately needs.

As we count down to World Cancer Day 2019, Bowel Cancer Australia is encouraging Australians to join us in helping to save lives, raise awareness and increase impact-driven action to beat bowel cancer.

Together, we can make a difference.

Make real change happen

This February support Bowel Cancer Australia and make real change happen.

Bowel cancer is Australia’s second deadliest cancer and often develops without any warning signs, so Don't Wait Until It's Too Late.

Visit www.beatbowelcancer.org to order free awareness packs or purchase a test kit and start a conversation that could save someone’s life.

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