According to the predictions of the World Health Organization 22 million new cancer cases will be registered in the world in 2020 and the cancer death toll will reach to 10 million.
Since the turn of the century, World Cancer Day has been held every year on 4 February.
The Pan American Health Organization further notes that in the United States, "cancer is the second leading cause of death, where there are an estimated 2.8 million people are newly diagnosed each year and 1.3 million people are dying from the disease each year".
Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO's Department for the Management of Non-communicable Diseases, said, "Cancer diagnosis in later stages and the inability to provide treatment, condemn many people to unnecessary sufferings and early deaths".
"If people are more aware of the symptoms of cancer, they will be able to come forward to a health centre earlier, and thereby hopefully be diagnosed earlier".
While breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer, these scientific advancements have meant that survival rates are improving, now at 82% for five-year survival. Some 8.8 million die of cancer each year. "Lungs, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver cancer are the most common types of cancer in men, while breast, colorectal, lungs, uterine cervix and stomach cancer are the most common among women", he explained.
Lighting up became popular among women after the habit had been taken up by men, meaning women's risk of developing lung cancer is increasing now despite smoking rates falling overall.
Some of the initiatives that we're running around the world include the UCCO, in Spain, a cancer care and counselling service.
In a statement released in commemoration of world cancer day, WHO noted that "less than 30% of low-income countries have generally accessible diagnosis and treatment services, and referral systems for suspected cancer are often unavailable resulting in delayed and fragmented care".
Early diagnosis differs from screening for cancer.
World Cancer Day being observed today with the theme "We can".
He says India is one of the largest contributors to cancer deaths.
With a million cancer patients being added annually to the existing pool of 15-20 million patients there is much lucre to be made.
He said several studies and reports suggested that among the Asian population, Pakistani women have the highest risk of breast cancer. A great charity promoting the awareness of breast cancer is CoppaFeel, who give clear guidelines to what to look for and how best to check your boobs!
She said it was a day to reflect on how cancer affected everyone in different ways, and how collectively or individually, actions could be taken to reduce the impact of the disease on individuals, families and communities.
Experts urged Pfizer, the maker, to lower the price but said that Nice's own appraisal methods also needed to be updated for cancer treatments.