February 2020 - World Cancer Day takes place every year on February 4 and is the uniting global initiative under which the world comes together to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and improving education about the disease alongside calling on individuals, communities and governments across the world to take action.
Our Commitment to Address the Unmet Needs of Cancer Patients.
2020 marks the midway point of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. The theme represents the power of our actions taken now to reduce the burden of cancer. It also reflects the way our oncology team works: Our mission is to leverage our world-class, innovative science and push beyond traditional thinking in order to create meaningful treatments for patients with cancer. We are dedicated to transforming science into value for patients, and this sense of obligation informs everything we do.
Did you know?
- 9.6 million people die from cancer every year – this number is predicted to almost double by 2030.
- 70% of cancer deaths occur in low-to-middle income countries.
- Less than 30% of low-income countries have cancer treatment services available (compared to 90% in high-income countries)
- At least one third of common cancers are preventable.
- Cancer is the second-leading cause of death worldwide.
- Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year through resource appropriate strategies for prevention, early detection and timely and quality treatment. (*)
About the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the largest and oldest international cancer-fighting organisation. Founded in Geneva in 1933, UICC has over 1,100 members in 170 countries. UICC’s mission is to unite and support the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equality and to ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda. Its main areas of activity focus on convening the world's leaders for innovative, wide-reaching, cancer-control events and initiatives; building capacity to meet regional needs; and developing awareness campaigns.
For more information, please visit: http://www.uicc.org/