World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic.


World Cancer Day 2012 is particularly important as it falls almost half a year after the first UN High-level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and the signing of the Political Declaration supporting prevention and control of these devastating conditions, including cancer.

World Cancer Day 2012 has been themed ’Together it is possible’ because it is only by every person, organisation, government individually doing their part that the world will be able to reduce premature deaths from cancer and other NCDs by 25% by 2025.

Therefore, aligning under the banner of ’Together it is possible’; UICC would like you to support us in using this upcoming milestone to encourage everyone affected by cancer (individuals, civil societies and governments), to ensure that they take responsibility for reducing the burden of this disease.


Everyone! It is only by everyone doing their part that the world will reduce the burden of cancer. Be creative. Please consider how your organization can reach the public, your local government and other civil society organisations on the occasion of World Cancer Day 2012.

Cancer Prevention

Did you know that each year, over 12.7 million people receive a cancer diagnosis and 7.6 million people die from the disease?

If no action is taken, the worldwide cancer burden is expected to reach 26 million new diagnoses and 17 million deaths by the year 2030, with the most rapid increases occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

However, it’s not all bad news as 30-40% of cancers can be prevented, and one-third of cancers can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment. Our aim is to help you understand how you can take steps to prevent cancer and live a healthier and longer life.

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