National Cancer Awareness Day 2022 is celebrated every year in India on 7 November. The day is important because it educates people about the serious risk of cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is the second deadliest disease that causes death among people.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan first announced National Cancer Awareness Day in September 2014. He started a state level movement on cancer control and encouraged people to report to municipal clinics for free tests. A booklet explaining the early signs of cancer and ways to prevent it was also distributed.
In India, the need for awareness of this condition stems from the fact that a large number of cancer cases are detected later, reducing the chances of survival. The objective of celebrating this day at the national level is to increase education and awareness about cancer disease among the people and sensitize all the stakeholders including the government to take action.