National Cancer Consciousness Week is observed every third week of January by virtue of Proclamation No. 1348
Cancer is a major public health threat worldwide. It is a killer disease when not detected early and poses burden on patient, families, communities, sectors of the society and the national development of the country.
The observance of the National Cancer Consciousness Week focuses on the avoidance of exposure to the risk factors of chronic diseases namely: physical inactivity, improper diet and nutrition, smoking and use of alcohol. Early detection through screening of high risks individual is the primary concern to halt the progress of the disease. Synchronization of efforts towards the prevention and control is done by both public and private institution and organizations.