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World Cancer Day is a global event that takes place every year on 4 February in a bid to unite the world's population in the fight against cancer.

In many cultures cancer remains a taboo subject. People living with cancer are often subject to stigma and discrimination, which may stop them seeking care and support.

This year, local health leaders are encouraging residents from Lewisham to join in and support the global fight.  The tagline 'We can. I can.', amplifies how everyone as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the burden of cancer.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, responsible for 8.2 million deaths per year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years).

Esther Appleby, local GP and Cancer Lead at NHS Lewisham CCG, said: "Cancer is a devastating disease and is now the leading cause of death in Lewisham, as well as affecting millions of people around the world every day.  
For a person living with cancer, having support from friends, families, and colleagues can make a huge difference. Please visit the World Cancer Day Website to see what you could do to help.

For some people, support may be needed over many years after the initial diagnosis as they continue to live with the physical and emotional impacts of cancer even when treatment is finished.

To find out how you can get involved, visit the World Cancer Day website. To find out more about Cancer, visit NHS Choices.