National Cancer Awareness Day 2019 is being observed on November 7. The day aims at increasing awareness about the fatal disease. The mortality rate due to cancer increased by approximately six percent in the past decade. Studies have it that cancer is the second most common disease in India. A Lancet report that compares the incidence of non-communicable diseases within India between 1990 & 2016 says that about 1.16 million new cancer cases may be seen this year. The history of National Cancer Awareness Day dates back to 2014 when Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan announced the observation of the day.