The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) designated February 4 as World Cancer Day. It’s a day dedicated to raising awareness of cancer (including prevention, early detection, and treatment) and supporting fundraising efforts for cancer research. I’ve had numerous friends and relatives with cancer, including some who overcame it and some who did not. That’s true of most of us, isn’t it? It’s a terrible disease, and especially tragic when it can be avoided but isn’t. (Don’t smoke! Wear sunscreen! Get your kids HPV vaccines!) And if you can, donate money to a worthy organization such as the American Cancer Society today.