I just learned recently that today, February 4, is World Cancer Day. It is an initiative started in 2008 by the Union for International Cancer Control. It aims to promote cancer awareness and education and to campaign for governments, groups and individuals to take action.

In the last few years, cancer has become personal to me. I’ve seen friends and relatives, adults and children, battle this terrible illness. Like so many others, my life has been forever touched by cancer.

“We Can. I Can.” That is the tagline for World Cancer Day 2016-2018. ┬áIt’s an invitation for all of us to reflect on what we can do, as individuals and as part of communities, to help fight the battle against cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action.

I CAN educate myself about making healthier lifestyle choices. I CAN continue to support my friends who are battling cancer.

With my family, WE CAN educate ourselves so we can create a healthier environment and lifestyle. WE CAN talk about cancer prevention and early detection.

In one way or another, all of us are affected by cancer. Whether we choose to help a hospital or an advocacy, a family member or a stranger, a hundred people or one person, we can make a difference in someone’s life. We can take part in this global fight against cancer.