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Cancer Control family commemorates World Cancer Day and International Childhood Cancer Day

The Uganda Cancer Society in partnership with Uganda Cancer Institute and the Ministry of Health commemorated the World Cancer Day and International Childhood Cancer Day 2017. This year’s theme for World Cancer Day which runs from 2016 is "We can, I can". The Union for International Cancer Control, (UICC), declared 4th February World Cancer Day. This is aimed at increasing cancer awareness to encourage prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer. In Uganda, the Cancer control family commemorated these days by holding several activities including a match past, information sharing with success stories from cancer survivors as well as visiting cancer patients in the wards. Speaking during the commemoration of World Cancer Day at Uganda Cancer Institute, the Minister of Health, Dr. Ruth Achieng revealed that government plans to conduct a comprehensive research on cancer to provide accurate data which will inform interventions towards cancer control.