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World Cancer Day is being observed this year on Thursday, 4 February, with the theme "We can. I can." as a step to fight the deadly disease that is prominent these days.

The day is observed worldwide in order to raise awareness about cancer and to apprise governments of the importance of taking action to prevent its rate of increase in the society.

The most common cancer deaths in our society are due to the disease affecting the lung, stomach, liver, colorectal area and the breast. According to studies, almost 30 percent of cancer deaths are preventable through a healthy diet and non-use of tobacco products.

World Cancer Day 2016: Yuvraj Singh, Manisha Koirala, Mamta Mohandas and other celebs who survived cancer

"We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one-third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said in an official statement.

A social media campaign named "Talking Hands" has been initiated for everyone to get involved on World Cancer Day 2016.

Step 1: Write a supportive WCD message on your hand using the 'We can. I can.' theme.

Step 2: Take a picture of your hand featuring the message.

Step 3: Share the picture on your social media accounts using both the hashtags #WorldCancerDay and #WeCanICan.

Step 4: Visit worldcancerday.org to see your picture featured on the Wall of support.

Check out some important facts to know about cancer (courtesy the official UN and WHO websites):

More than 8.2 million people died in 2012 due to cancer, making it a leading cause of death through out the world.

It is understood that almost 30% of cancer deaths are due to high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use and alcohol use.

Tobacco use is said to be the most important risk factor for cancer, as it causes 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of lung cancer deaths worldwide.

Breast, cervical and colorectal cancer can be cured if detected early and treated well.

Check out some inspiring quotes by cancer survivors and other celebrities:

Cancer has taught me a lot of things. Maybe it is the best thing that has happened to me. I can't say right now, but maybe some years down the line, I would realise. When I was taking chemotherapy, there were a lot of elderly patients, and that would inspire me. I thought, 'If they can be cured, why can't I be?' – Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer

The battle against cancer has made me strong. It's like winning a war! When I was diagnosed, I was told by doctors my kidney, liver and other organs could fail. It was tough. I didn't know if I could save my life. But I was positive, and because of that, the doctor told me that I would be a man who would never have cancer. – Yuvraj Singh.

Cancer affects all of us, whether you're a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient. –Jennifer Aniston, American actress

 Cancer is a word, not a sentence. –John Diamond, British Journalist

There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection. –Ann Jillian, American actress

Cancer is a great wake-up call. A call to take the tag off the new lingerie and wear that black lacy slip. To open the box of pearls and put them on. To crack open the bath oil beads before they shrivel up in a bowl on the toilet tank. – Regina Brett, Author

Cancer didn't bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet. – Michael Douglas, American actor

I was a vegetarian first. I had high blood pressure at 27, everybody in my family died of cancer, and I knew it was in the food, so I changed my diet. – John Salley, Basketball player

When someone has cancer, the whole family and everyone who loves them does, too. – Terri Clark, Musical Artist

I think cancer is a hard battle to fight alone or with another person at your side, but I will say having someone to pick you up when you fall, stand by your side through every appointment and delivery of bad news, is priceless. – Jenna Morasca, American actress

I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light. – Patrick Swayze, American actor

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