February 4 2016 is World Cancer Day.

This year’s international theme is ‘We Can. I Can.’ and focuses on the many things that individuals and groups can do to reduce the burden of cancer across the globe.

This World Cancer Day, Cancer Council Australia is highlighting support for cancer patients and survivors.

It is expected that 130,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer this year and one in two Australians will be diagnosed during their lifetime.  Due to improvements in early detection, treatment and care, around 65 percent of cancer patients live beyond their diagnosis – but their story doesn’t end there.

This World Cancer Day, Australians with cancer are being encouraged to get informed about how Cancer Council can support them.

We are also putting the call out for more Australians to get involved in our peer support programs and help those who are going through a similar cancer experience:

  •     'I Can' – Get Support - Cancer Council 13 11 20 is a free and confidential telephone number where anyone impacted by cancer can speak to specially trained cancer professionals who provide support and cancer information. Pick up the phone to talk to our team and find out about support services in your local area.
  •     'We Can' – Support others who have had a similar cancer experience - Cancer Connect is our national peer support program where trained cancer survivors are matched with Australians who have a similar cancer experience in terms of cancer type, treatment, age and family circumstances. Cancer Council is calling for more volunteers for this service - to volunteer or join the program, call our team on 13 11 20.

You can also support World Cancer Day by spreading the word about cancer prevention, early detection using the #WeCanICan hashtag.

For more information on local events, how you can support World Cancer Day on social media and the event itself, head to www.worldcancerday.org