National Cancer Awareness Day is observed on 7th November to coincide with the birth anniversary of the eminent scientist Madame Curie. Marie Curie is remembered for her discovery of radium and polonium, and her huge contribution to the fight against cancer. Her work led to the development of nuclear energy and radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer.
National Cancer Awareness Day is observed to highlight the significance of increased awareness about cancer prevention and early detection for the general public. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan had announced in 2014 that 7TH November will be observed as National Cancer Awareness Day every year to generate awareness about early detection and avoid leading cancer-causing lifestyle.