World Cancer Day 2024 on 4 February can remind us to check we are up to date with our screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal or bowel cancer and skin cancer.

World Cancer Day 2024

What is World Cancer Day 2024?

In World Cancer Day Theme: A Leading International Awareness Day the Union for International Cancer Control explain:

“World Cancer Day held every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all – no matter who you are or where you live”.
World Cancer Day 2024 and Menopause


Is there an association between menopause and the risk of cancer?

In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. Is there any relationship between menopause and cancer? the North American Menopause Society note:

“A. No, menopause itself doesn’t increase the risk of cancer. Cancers are more common as people age, however. Most cancers occur in people age 55 and older”.

Breast Cancer

When does breast cancer mainly occur in women?

In Breast Cancer: About Breast Cancer – Key Statistics for Breast Cancer: How Common Is Breast Cancer? last revised 17 January 2024, the American Cancer Society [ACS] elaborate on:

“Breast cancer mainly occurs in middle-aged and older women. The median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis is 62. This means half of the women who developed breast cancer are 62 years of age or younger when they are diagnosed. A very small number of women diagnosed with breast cancer are younger than 45”.
World Cancer Day 2024 and Menopause

Cervical Cancer

When is cervical cancer most frequently diagnosed in women?

In Cervical Cancer: About Cervical Cancer – Key Statistics for Cervical Cancer: How Common Is Cervical Cancer? last revised 17 January 2024, the ACS elaborate on:

“Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44, with the average age being 50. It rarely develops in women younger than 20.

Many older women don’t realize that they are still at risk of developing cervical cancer as they age. More than 20% of cervical cancers are found in women over 65. However, these cancers rarely occur in women who have been getting regular tests to screen for cervical cancer before they were 65”.

Colorectal Cancer

How common is colorectal or bowel cancer?

In Colorectal Cancer: About Colorectal Cancer – Key Statistics for Colorectal Cancer: How Common Is Colorectal Cancer? last revised 17 January 2024, the ACS elaborate on:

“The rate of people being diagnosed with colon or rectal cancer each year has dropped overall since the mid-1980s, mainly because more people are getting screened and changing their lifestyle-related risk factors. From 2011 to 2019, incidence rates dropped by about 1% each year. But this downward trend is mostly in older adults. In people younger than 55, rates have been increasing by 1% to 2% a year since the mid-1990s”.


What do the UICC explain about prevention?

In What Is Cancer? the UICC note:

  • “…More than 40% of cancer-related death could be preventable as they are linked to modifiable risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, poor diet and physical inactivity
  • Almost at least one third of all deaths related to cancer could be prevented through routine screening, and early detection and treatment”…

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Last Updated: 04 February 2024 – Last Revised: 04 February 2024