World Cancer Day (4 February)

The 2016 World Cancer Day was commemorated on the 4th of February at the Royal Villas. The event started with a breakfast meeting and later on a workshop on Tobacco. World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. The theme for 2016 was: “We can, I can”.

“As we commemorate this day let us explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the national burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We Can. I Can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer,” WHO Health Promotion Officer Dr Kevin Makadzange, said.

WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti said, “As we commemorate World Cancer Day, I call on governments to step up their response to cancer by taking concrete actions to reduce premature deaths and improve quality of life and cancer survival rates. We can all together inspire each other to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. Educational efforts and understanding of the serious impact of cancer and how to avoid or delay onset of its complications are essential.”


A panel comprising Breast cancer Network’s Ms Lena Preko, Dr Simangele Mthethwa and NCD Manger Ms Lindiwe Tsabedze. © WHO Swaziland/2016
Deputy Director of Health Services Ms Rejoice Nkambule, Ms Gcinile Buhtlelezi from the Breast Cancer Network, Director of Health Services Dr Vusi Magagula and WHO Health Promotion Officer Dr Kevin Makadzange listening to presentations during the cancer day commemoration. © WHO Swaziland/2016